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Batman #50 Jock & Jim Balent Exclusives!

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THE OCTOBER DECKBOX DEAL

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Cosplay Workshops at Jetpack

Cosplay Workshop at Jetpack

Inktober Intro to Pen & Ink

Inktober Intro to Pen & Ink

The Jetpack Comics Pull and Hold Service

The Jetpack Comics Pull and Hold Service

October's Free Comic Book Day - A Jetpack Comics Megastore Tradition!

October's Free Comic Book Day - A Jetpack Comics Megastore Tradition!

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POKEMON SUN AND MOON 8 PRERELEASE

Magic PPTQ Comin' Up, October 13th!

Magic PPTQ Comin' Up, October 13th!

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Jon's Righteous Comic Reviews (or you name this column chum)

Comic Review: Murder Falcon #1

 

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After Extremity, I made the decision to follow writer/artist Daniel Warren Johnson on any book he decided to work on. While I was definitely expecting something crazy for his next project, in no way was I prepared for Murder Falcon. A raucous love letter to all things Metal and Rock, Murder Falcon #1 is a jolt of intensity on every panel, and it's one of the best debut issues of the year.

Jake is a down on his luck guitar player who hasn't played in a year. After falling out with his band, he's aimless, just passing through life trying to get by. But when monsters randomly attack him in his home, he goes for his broken guitar to defend himself, which leads to the summoning of the Murder Falcon, a being powered by Metal who has three desires: fight monsters, drink beer, and rock!

That's all there is to the plot, and honestly, that's all you really need. The charm of Murder Falcon is Johnson's script, which comes from a place of clear love for all things Hard Rock. It's wish fulfillment in the best way, and Johnson makes Murder Falcon into the type of character you'd love to hang out with. In a lot of ways, he reminds me of music-obsessed version of The Tick, albeit a version that's a little smarter than that big blue guy. I wouldn't be surprised if Jack Black ends up voicing him in the inevitable cartoon series.

Of course, Johnson's not only known for his scripts. After reading Extremity, it was clear that Johnson is one of the best comic artists today, and Murder Falcon makes that even more apparent. Everything that made that series work is ramped up to 11 here, but at no time does Johnson let the crazy kinetic art distract from the story. In fact, he even uses his art to craft some really sad and effective moments that shine a light onto some of the sadder aspects of Jake's backstory, making Murder Falcon an extremely well-rounded debut issue.

Fans of Extremity will find a lot to love in Murder Falcon, but there's plenty to love for fans of This is Spinal Tap, Metalocalypse, and bands like Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath. Daniel Warren Johnson clearly loves this genre of music, and it practically bleeds through the page. That enthusiasm is amazingly infectious, and makes Murder Falcon easily one of the best issues of the year.

Comic Review: Immortal Hulk #7!

 

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Immortal Hulk has been a series' that's been a sleeper hit for some time now. While it's not making the waves (or sales) of the Jade Giant's heyday, the Al Ewing written and Joe Bennet drawn series has turned the Hulk into a horror-themed hero, with Bruce Banner's alter ego rising from the dead every night to exact revenge on the people who killed him (and others). It's been a fantastic spin on the character, and works surprisingly well, but there haven't been too many ties to the overarching Marvel Universe. Until Immortal Hulk #7, which finds the Hulk confronting the Avengers.

Seeing as how the Hulk hasn't really seen them since Civil War II, and seeing as how that's the event where Hulk "died" (only to be reborn with this new skill set), you can imagine that ol' Jade Jaws isn't too pleased to see Earth's Mightiest Heroes, and you're absolutely right. This issue features a Hulk that's far angrier than he usually is, and that means some pretty bad news for The Avengers, who spend a good chunk of the issue getting trounced by him.

What's great about this issue though isn't the fact that the Hulk is smashing the Avengers. It's the fact that Al Ewing's script focuses a lot on the everyday citizens' reactions to the catastrophic battle occurring right on their front lawns. Ewing's issue opens with your typical family desperately trying to remember the evacuation protocols that were put in place for the event of a Hulk attack, and it ends up being one of the highlights of the issue for how effective it is, and makes you reconsider the action that comes later in the book. Yeah, it's cool watching the Hulk beat down Cap, Iron Man, and the rest, but Ewing's opening reminds you of the everyday people that get caught in the crossfire of the Marvel universe.

Another highlight of the issue is Joe Bennet's art, which is pretty spectacular. From the Hulk punching out Thor, to panicked citizens, Bennett can do it all, and makes it look remarkably easy. His take on the Hulk harkens back to Jack Kirby's classic original, but he gives the monster a remarkably modern look as well. He's able to convey the rage coursing through The Hulk in ways that are truly amazing, and he's only going to keep improving the longer he's on this book.

If you haven't given The Immortal Hulk a shot yet, you really should consider checking it out. It's one of the best Marvel titles from their previous relaunch, and it's the shot in the arm this character needed after being badly mishandled during (and after) Civil War II. It's the rare series that's only gotten better as it's continued, and it deserves your time and cash.

THE WAUGH BAG REPORT

Waugh's Bag, Volume 7, Issue 39!

 

Waugh's Bag

Volume 7, Issue 39!

Return of The Mandalorian

 

After a long wait, we finally have some details on John Favreau's Star Wars show. Titled The Mandalorian, the show will focus on a “lone gunslinger type” navigating the Star Wars universe after the fall of the Empire. It sounds like a really cool idea for a show, and also just the kind of thing to pique my interest enough to subscribe to another streaming service.

 

We really only know a few things about the show, but we do have a short list of directors for episodes, which includes expected names like Dave Filoni (the creative mind behind animated shows The Clone Wars, Star Wars: Rebels, and the upcoming Resistance show), actress Bryce Dallas Howard, and Taika Waititi, the director behind Thor: Ragnarok, What We Do In The Shadows, and one of my current favorite directors working today. That's a very impressive list, and gives you an idea of how important this series is for Disney. As the first Star Wars live action series ever, a lot of attention is going to be placed on The Mandalorian, but it seems like Disney is going to be putting out the absolute best series they can.

 

To be completely honest, I'm pretty relieved that this series isn't going to be trying to tell the “unknown story” of a character we already know. Favreau has been very up front that this show will NOT be about Boba Fett or Jango Fett, and from the first image revealed, we can see that. Plus, The Mandalorian culture, while fairly well known to Star Wars mega-nerds, is still a pretty niche area of the fandom that's ripe for the spotlight. Plus, making a Western-themed Star Wars property is right up my alley. Hell, those were the best parts of Solo, and that movie would've benefitted from embracing more of the “outlaw” side of the Star Wars universe instead of answering questions we didn't need answers to.

 

I have too many streaming service subscriptions, and while I don't think we really NEED a Disney-themed one, I gotta admit, I'll at least give it a trial subscription for this show. This premise sounds way too interesting, and I have to see what Taika's got planned for his episode. After Thor: Ragnarok, he's shown that he can pull off big budget action with his patented humor, so the prospect of him doing something similar in the world of Star Wars is too intriguing to me. Here's hoping this branches out the franchise in a good way.

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