Buying off the comic book rack – June 5, 2013

All the new releases courtesy of Steve Anderson from Third Eye Comics:

AGE OF ULTRON #9 — The AGE OF ULTRON REACHES IT’S PENULTIMATE CHAPTERS !

AGE OF ULTRON has turned out to be one hell of a rad event, with the pace really picking up around issue #5, and from there, taking the book into some extremely fascinating directions.

As we get closer, and closer to the highly guarded, top secret Marvel: INFINITY event — the road becomes clearer and clearer in the pages of AGE OF ULTRON.

This week’s penultimate chapter goes down in issue #9, as we see the heroes of the Marvel Universe being forced to make the most controversial decision of their lives in order to save the entire galaxy.

The results have brought disaster the likes of which they have never seen before.. and now, with one final chance — can they make it right?

If you thought Wolverine taking out Hank Pym was off-the-chain, wait until you see what goes down in this week’s AGE OF ULTRON #9!

EAST OF WEST #3 — The biggest and best IMAGE release since SAGA continues!

EAST OF WEST has got to be one of our top 3 favorite new books of 2013, without a doubt. If SAGA was our big favorite last Summer, this year, it’s gotta be EAST OF WEST.

Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta are weaving pure comic book magic with each and every issue, crafting the kind of one of a kind, unique storytelling that grabs a hold of you and does not let go.

One part dystopian, futuristic post-apocalyptic sci-fi, one part Weird Western madness, this series reads like Mad Max meets Manhattan Projects by way of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

In EAST OF WEST #3, Death’s reign of terror over THOSE WHO RULE continues, as the forces of the END TIMES continue to work to bring about the Apocalypse.

What’s the scoop on EAST OF WEST? Picture this: the world ends at the height of the Civil War. The country is divided into seven nations, and the good guys? The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.. minus one.

Now, Death, War and Famine find themselves roaming the landscape, and bringing terror into the hearts of the men who rule the 7 Nations of America in the year 2020. It’s quite possibly the most brilliant freakin’ comic on the stands right now, and we’re loving every second of it.

THE TRINITY WAR BEGINS!

Okay, so things REALLY began last week in JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #9. This Wednesday, the first of the official Trinity War prelude tie-ins drops with PHANTOM STRANGER #9.

I gotta tell you, after what happened at the end of JLA #4 — I’m pretty darn pumped to see where we’re heading with the Trinity War. The storyline will be crossing through JUSTICE LEAGUE, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA, and JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK.

In addition, there’s three major Trinity War tie-ins dubbed TRINITY OF SIN, that will be taking place in TRINITY OF SIN: PANDORA, TRINITY OF SIN: CONSTANTINE, and this week’s TRINITY OF SIN: PHANTOM STRANGER #9.

This will be the first time we’re going to see how the three Justice Leagues interact, and more relevant to Phantom Stranger and his comrades in the JL Dark, how the more mystical side of the DC Universe connects to the more mainstream JUSTICE LEAGUE and JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA.

Make sure you hop aboard the Trinity War with the first TRINITY OF SIN tie-in this Wednesday in PHANTOM STRANGER #9.

KICK-ASS 3 #1 BRINGS THE FINAL INSTALLMENT TO MARK MILLAR & JOHN ROMITA JR’S ULTRA-VIOLENT TAKE ON REAL WORLD SUPERHEROES!

We’ve been huge fans of Millar & Romita Jr’s incredile KICK-ASS series since it’s debut, and are totally pumped to see how the saga ends with this third and final mini-series featuring the adventures of KICK-ASS and HIT-GIRL.

With KICK-ASS 2 getting closer and closer to hitting theaters (this August), KICK-ASS 3 comes just in time.

The six-issue miniseries kicks off this week, and once again focuses on Dave Lizewski, the green-garbed vigilante known as Kick-Ass, and of course, the one and only Hit-Girl.

This will conclude the entire KICK-ASS saga, with every character getting his or her story tied-up, and with no plans to continue beyond this volume.

Millar has brought in 6 top notch creators to handle the cover art, and then connecting together into one large interlinking image (as pictured above). The creators featured are John Romita Jr, Adam Kubert, Cully Hamner, Marc Silvestri, and Pasqual Ferry.

ALL NEW X-MEN #12 — YOUNG CYCLOPS MEETS PRESENT DAY HAVOK!

ALL NEW X-MEN keeps on being one of the best damn Marvel books on the stands, with each issue upping the ante, and delivering a bigger-than-life spin on the classic X-Men brought into the modern day Marvel Universe.

As Cyclops and the original line-up, all still teenagers, are brought from the past into the present, they’ve found themselves disgusted and enraged by what they become.

Now, in issue #12, they find themselves at odds with the Uncanny Avengers… featuring their leader, the little brother Scott Summers thought he’d never see again, HAVOK.

Fantastic artwork, and fantastic storytelling makes ALL NEW X-MEN a must-read again and again.

THANOS RISING #3 — THE NEW ORIGINS OF THANOS CONTINUE TO UNFOLD

THANOS RISING #3 arrives this week, and we cannot wait to see where this one takes us next, as it’s been one of the most impressive MARVEL NOW titles of 2013 so far.

Featuring the never-before-told origins and history of the Mad Titan, we’re shown just what makes Thanos who he is, and along the way, how this ties back into the upcoming MARVEL: INFINITY event which Thanos is going to be playing a major role in.

A very dark story by the writer of THOR: GOD OF THUNDER, Jason Aaron, and featuring gorgeous Eurocomics-influenced artwork by Simone Bianchi, THANOS RISING is top notch in both art and storytelling, and we give it a high recommendation.

A NEW DIRECTION & JUMPING ON POINT BEGINS THIS WEDNESDAY!

As Geoff Johns brings his epic run to an end, a new beginning starts with rising star creators coming aboard the GL saga, and we could not be more stoked, as this debut was INCREDIBLE.

Hal Jordan becomes the leader of the most feared and hated group in the universe in Wednesday’s Green Lantern #21.

Who is that group?

The Green Lantern Corps.

New faces, new threats, and a new beginning for the series. This is an excellent place to jump on board the title, and we were super impressed by both the story and art in this first issue.

ASTRO CITY RETURNS THIS WEDNESDAY!

Kurt Busiek’s ASTRO CITY was one of my own personal favorite comics growing up in the ’90s, and when I heard it’d be relaunching and returning under DC’s VERTIGO banner, I pretty much lost it with excitement.

Why is ASTRO CITY so cool? Okay, picture this: take every comic book arch-type of all time, from every comic book universe, and then populate a world that spans from the Daily Bugle to Arkham Asylum, and that’s ASTRO CITY.

Imagine SUPERMAN behaving in the most iconic, yet fascinating way you’ve never seen him portrayed, or what if Batman’s reasoning for hunting evil at night was due to an affliction that left him a vampire forced to prey on the blood of evil?

The series is just so freakin’ well written, and well put together that we really do love everything about it, and I’m stoked to be able to get the chance to turn you guys onto it this week.

In the very first issue, which is totally new-reader friendly, the Ambassador (kind of a mix of Galactus, Silver Surfer and Kirby’s NEW GODS) comes to Earth, and an ordinary man is caught up in a cosmic conflict.

Featuring the Samaritan (i.e Superman) and Honor Guard (the Justice League), as well as the debut of some very interesting new characters.

Astro City is the ultimate comic for people who just plain love comic books.