HP 1It's no secret that I'm a huge Harry Potter fan, so I leapt at the chance to spend a weekend with friends in Orlando and visit the Harry Potter theme park at Universal Studios. Naturally, Harry Potter-themed treats were a necessity. So, I made my own version of cauldron cakes!

 

All New X-Men 1The New Marvel is a series that looks at the changes that the mega-comic empire made following the events of Avengers vs. X-Men and the impact that those changes have on the stories of Marvel NOW!  Six issues (or more) into each Marvel NOW! title, we see what our favorite characters are up to and what to keep an eye out for in the future.



In the wake of what he’s done to the world—and the way mutants are treated—Cyclops has taken up arms against the world in what he thinks is oppression for a legitimate political agenda.  Cast as a criminal by even some of his closest friends, and coming to grips with the fact that he’s pushed mutant kind to the brink of salvation as well as extermination, the one-eyed sharpshooter gathers others around him to teach the world that it can’t put him down in the name of international security.  But, the unexpected happens as he comes face-to-face with the one person he can’t lie to, evade, or dare to disappoint: himself.

MINOR SPOILERS

 

TMNT SOTF 2The Secret History of the Foot Clan. Although some uninitiated to the world of TMNT may think this would be a chronicling of a fetishist hate group, there's a much easier explanation behind this tale. It's simply an origin story for the most notorious clan of ninja to ever exist, interspersed with the events that surround two vitally different groups, both intent on gaining the information this origin story has to offer.

 

SW Blood Ties Boba Fett TPBThe first page of Star Wars: Blood Ties Volume 3 - Boba Fett is Dead is a wonderful splash page of the recently dead Boba Fett. I honestly don’t think this next bit counts as a spoiler since the surprise is spoiled before the first page of the comic, but if you want your experience to be completely unsullied, skip the rest of this paragraph. This book takes place about a year before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV— A New Hope. Eagle-eyed readers might notice that this means that the book takes place before the first appearance of Boba Fett in the Star Wars Holiday Special.* Clearly, Boba Fett survived his death, but that’s not really the point of the story.

 

Deva Zan            “At that time Existence had succumbed to Ku   Chaos - drowning in anger, sadness and evil.”

            “The very arms of the Milky Way above had been inverted - now dark matter, a vast coiling, black spiral. And it moved with a will, for these numberless antistars were no blind objects, but a legion, advancing to battle strength.”

            “It was then that the guardian deity of light, Lady Mariu, rise up. Under her were twelve generals, given commands at the points of the zodian. In answer to the Dark Corps, they raised an army of light.”

                                                            Yoshitaka Amano
                                                             Deva Zan

 


If the name Yoshitaka Amano isn’t familiar to you, you probably aren’t a fan of his work.   You might not have read Vampire Hunter D . . . or played any of the Final Fantasy series . . . or read Neil Gaiman’s brilliant follow-up to his Sandman series, the Hugo Award-nominated work called The Dream Hunters . . . or even watched Speed Racer while growing up. Yes, that Speed Racer.

 

Star Trek Countdown to Darkness 1Based on the title, I assume that sometime soon, the crew of the Enterprise will find themselves trekking into darkness. Cumberbatch speculation aside, this comic takes place in the months after Star Trek, when the crew find themselves in danger from an unexpected source.

 

Borderlands 3This four-issue miniseries has been telling stories from the pasts of the four playable characters from the original Borderlands. The first issue focused on the Soldier, Roland, which I thought was fantastic and is really worth checking out, especially since it's free on Comixology. The second issue was all about the Siren, Lilith, and had some bloody fantastic moments, including a speech I loved, and some lackluster ones, such as her actual “origin.” Now, in Issue #3 we arrive at a story of the hawk-loving Hunter, Mordecai.

 

CW EminenceGlory of glories! The Clone Wars has returned! And, in full force, might I add. You won't find any Jedi Younglings performing circus acts and bumbling pit droids here. No, sir. This is full on Clone Wars at its finest, bringing us everything you could possibly want in what looks to be the most intense collaboration between evil forces I've ever seen. If seeing Maul and Savage back in the game wasn't enough, Filoni and crew decided to take it to 11 and throw in Death Watch and the Black Sun for good measure. Not enough for ya? Well, believe me. There's more, but I'll save that for later when I go into spoiler territory.

Mumbai ConfidentialWelcome back to The Preview Party, the blog that looks at the coolest, new comic books and graphic novels available to pre-order from this month’s Previews magazine.

In today’s installment, we have a special treat. Saurav Mohapatra was kind enough to answer a few questions about his exciting, new crime thriller, Mumbai Confidential, being released in March from Archaia Entertainment. For more information about this new graphic novel, check out page 250 of Previews or Archaia.com.

Now, on to the interview.

 

Mind MGMT 7Wow. This one got its hooks in me deep. For those of you who haven’t picked up Mind MGMT, this is a great place to start. I can say this with complete confidence, as someone who has not read Mind MGMT before. I suppose I could begin where the issue does, with a wonderful page that gives you all the backstory you would need to pick up the story. This is something that every comic should do, every time.

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