I’ve had a total recalibration of my mind, you know. I mean, it’s like, I’ve been banging my head against this 19th century type, um, what? Thought mode? Construct? Human construct? Well, the wall doesn’t exist. It’s not there, you know. I mean, they tell you, look for the light at the end of the tunnel. Well, there is no tunnel. There’s just no structure. The underlying order is comic books.

Open your mind and your wallet and try something new….

Ron says try…

Bloodstrike #26

By Tim Seeley and Franchesco Gaston

One of my favorite stories about the early days of my comics collecting was the day I bought Bloodstrike #1. I had just gotten pulled back into comics, mainly by the launch of Image Comics, and there on the racks was Bloodstrike #1, which had a gimmick cover of heat sensitive red ink (that was blood splatters) over the cover image along with the classic words, “RUB THE BLOOD!” I was instantly hooked. With the next book scheduled in the Extreme relaunch, the 14 year old me is probably most excited to relive the Blood!


Josh says try…

Atomic Robo Presents… Real Science Adventures #1

By Brian Clevinger, John Broglia, & Scott Wegener

We’ve been talking about fun comics a lot lately. There are a ton of comics out there that are not fun. That doesn’t mean they’re not good, but they’re certainly not fun. But Atomic Robo is just that; a ton of fun. From the cartooning style to the origin of Robo, it’s just a ton of fun. This mini-series is a great place to jump on. If you like it, go back, read more, and make your comics more fun. Look at that cover! He’s fighting six tiny dinosaurs! Or is he giant? I don’t know!


Conor says try…

Secret Avengers: Run The Mission, Don’t Get Seen, Save The World HC

By Warren Ellis, Jamie McKelvie, Kev Walker, David Aja, Michael Lark, Alex Maleev & Mike Deodato JR.

Just look at the creator line-up! LOOK AT IT! Warren Ellis’ brief run on Secret Avengers was made up of one and done stories featuring some of the best artists in the business, and they were mostly fantastic. You don’t need to know any back story or any continuity to dive into this one. You just have to like fun action-adventure superhero comics.



  1. I was sold on the Extreme line relaunch, but after seeing previews for Bloodstrike, I’m a bit torn. The action looks fun and the panel layouts chaotic, but the purple whatever-it-is around his eyes look ridiculous, mostly because they’re freakin’ PURPLE!!! Maybe I can overcome this. It is Seeley and Gaston’s art does look great. That dude just looks silly with that make-up.

  2. That Secret Avengers book has some incredible talent on it. Also, Mike Deodato. But seriously, I’ll be picking that trade up. Probably will give Bloodstrike a shot, though I don’t expect it to be my thing. Atomic Robo has always struck me as pleasant but never really grabbed me…we’ll see how light my week is.

    • I somehow bought every issue EXCEPT the David Aja one. I know. No, trust me, I know.

      I need to get this book eventually.

    • @diebenny: The best issue of the entire run, which is a run populated by 5-star issues, and you didn’t get it!?

      Oh Die Benny….You used to be cool…

    • Hahaha! Trust me, I know. That’s the reason I haven’t mentioned this till now. If I’d came out and said it when the issue came out I’d have never been able to show my face around here again.

  3. Atomic Robo! Even the name is fun! As you can tell by my exclamation points!

  4. Atomic Robo is absolutely one of my favorite series, definitely worth checking out if you’ve never read it. Those Secret Avengers stories were all excellent as well, I loved the Black Widow/time travel issue in particular.

  5. Atomic Robo is brilliant. You owe yourself to check it out.

  6. filippod (@filippodee) says:

    Warren Ellis’ run on the Secret Avengers reminded me how much I enjoy well written single issue stories.

  7. Is Deodato actually in that Secret Avengers Hardcover? I’m pretty sure Stuart Immonen should be where his name is.

  8. I echo the comments that Atomic Robo is top notch.

  9. I was wondering when the Warren Ellis Secret Avengers stuff would be collected. Serendipity!

  10. So, since the Ellis run is the third book in the collection, would you recommend reading the first two for any reason? I know you said there’s no continuity to worry about, but didn’t know if the first two were any good in general.