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    Review: Lobster Johnson: Metal Monsters of Midtown #3

    Review of Lobster Johnson - Metal Monsters of Midtown #3

    Lobster Johnson Metal Monsters of Midtown #3The latest Lobster Johnson adventure concludes with a bang — not to mention a few “KRASH”es, “KRANG”s and “BOOM”s — as our hero once again goes head-to-head with the eponymous automatons. This time, however, he’s found a way to level the playing field, having located the secret control station for the decommissioned member of the robotic trio. Now in the virtual driver’s seat of the titanium titan, the Lobster heads downtown, where he finds one of the others waiting for him. What follows is a showdown of colossal proportions, with the two behemoth bots slugging it out while the intrepid Cindy Tynan gives the play-by-play from her mobile radio station.

    As the Lobster works the robot’s controls, we see his sanity begin to slip. This was a peril he knew of beforehand, that of becoming addicted to the mania that overtook Emin Aliyev and the other robot jockeys. When he begins speaking in a long-dead demoniac language, it’s clear he’s become possessed by the ancient Hyperborean spirits that authored this nefarious machinery. Will Johnson be able to win the day without losing his soul? Or will he degenerate into a “fiend” as Emin and his cohorts did?

    In the end, thanks to the help of his capable crew and his own off-the-cuff resourcefulness, the Lobster is able to put the kibosh on the massive mechanical menace, ruling out any loose ends by finishing the job in characteristic fashion: blowing things to smithereens.

    Lobster Johnson: Metal Monsters of Midtown #3, Dark Horse Comics, released July 27, 2016, written by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi, art by Tonci Zonjic, colors by Dave Stewart, letters by Clem Robins, cover by Tonci Zonjic, $3.50.

    Review by James Florence.

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    New Comic Book Day — Review for DC Rebirth, Captain America: Steve Rogers, Scooby Apocalypse #1 & Lobster Johnson: Metal Monsters of Midtown #1

    NCBD 5/25

    We’re full of new series this week for New Comic Book Day. With a little of everything. DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, and our second Hanna-Barbera series. Remeber these are just a few of this week’s new releases that stood out from the crowd. Check out our other blog articles so see our thoughts on other books. Be sure to comment or share your thoughts on these books here or on Facebook and Twitter!

    SPOILER ALERT — We try to keep from posting spoilers, but one may sneak through to our reviews now and again. Read with caution, true believers.

    Captain America: Steve Rogers #1
    By: Nick Spencer, Jesus Saiz

    Steve Rogers is back as Captain America! Throw the confetti and start the welcome back party! Since Kubik returned Steve’s super solider serum to him in the Avengers Stand Off Series, Cap jumps right back into action.

    With the agreement that there will be two Captain Americas now, Steve adopts his old 1940’s shield while Sam keeps the original. Jumping straight into this issue, we are confronted with the same song and dance the Captain has been dealing with since day one.

    Hydra is returning at full strength and they’re not holding back. Well, that’s just fine because Steve has the help of Jack Flag and Free Spirit. Things should be easy for him right? Nope!

    This issue plays with your emotions from the all-powerful speech Red Skull gives, to the touching back story of Captain America’s childhood. Trust me, any Captain America fan will throw this comic into another dimension after they read the last page. I almost did! This is a comic you do NOT want to miss! [Darcey M. at Universal Citywalk TFAW]

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    DC Universe Rebirth #1
    By: Geoff Johns, Gary Frank

    When time in the DC Universe has fractured in the past, it has caused a ripple effect throughout the Multiverse. Speedsters, usually a Flash, are a good focal point of these events as they have experience and understanding of traveling through the Multiverse.

    When the New 52 launched, it created a ripple effect in the fandom, where some people felt lost and grew to realize that some of their favorite legacy characters and relationships built over the years were simply gone. Undone by Flashpoint.

    This story follows one such lost legacy character who remembered the Post-Crisis/Pre-Flashpoint DC Universe. In a way that works intuitively and takes the reader on the journey of rediscovery. There is an event on the horizon, which is changing the Universe once again. We are beginning to understand some of what happened due to this. It could be a great jumping on point, and a point to jump back on for those who left, and especially meaningful to those who loved the tone that DC had carried for decades.

    Comics events can often come across in ways that don’t pay off, but if this is the opening salvo, I am more than willing to find myself delving deeply in to DC in ways I haven’t in years. Being an 80 page spectacular for only $2.99 is icing on the cake! There is a bigger story that is unfolding here, and I am unwilling to spoil that for any of you. Don’t miss this issue! Witness the Rebirth of the greatest characters in superhero comic books. [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

    Scooby Apocalypse comics at TFAW.com

    Scooby Apocalypse #1
    By: Jim Lee, Howard Porter, Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, Hi-Fi, Nick J Nap

    Today, DC’s second series from their re-launching of Hanna-Barbera hit’s the shelves. Scooby Apocalypse written and drawn by a large array of talented comic professionals. Including Jim Lee, Keith Griffen, J.M. DeMatteis, Howard Porter, Hi-Fi, and Nick J Nap.

    Like all great #1’s we get a good set up piece. We all know that Scooby and the gang have been together solving mysteries. In this series however we get HOW they came together not just solve a case, but save the world. All the personalities are still there. From Fred’s overbearing Macho-man attitude (even though he get spooked like no other *Mole people!*); Shaggy’s free love, care for his pal Scooby, and food; Daphne’s ego, and Velma’s smarts.

    This is easily the most out-there idea from the DC/Hanna-Barbera comics. It is very fluid in the way its story unfolds, and it will be interesting to see where their adventures lead. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    Lobster Johnson: Metal Monsters of Midtown #1
    By: John Arcudi, Tonci Zonjic, Dave Stewart

    We last left off with our intrepid hero Lobster Johnson working a case to find a missing transient, which led him on an amazing adventure in the sewers. After he investigated a strange priest who was practicing more then religion.

    Well, he’s back again to save Midtown from a pair of monstrous, and seemingly indestructible metal men. How will he be able to stop this unrelenting menace from destroying the city and leading its trail of chaos past the streets of New York? How will an old friend factor into the plan to put an end to this insanity? You’ll have to read and find out.

    Lobster Johnson and his team are always good for a thrilling noir Lovecraftian story that makes you feel like it could almost be possible.

    Mike Mignola is one of my hands-down favorite writers, artists, and just plain creators. With this series, he continues to build more and more depth in his ever expanding world alongside John Arcudi, who has been a staple in the Mignolaverse for years. Alongside amazing art by Tonci Zonjic and longtime colorist, nine time-Eisner award winner, Dave Stewart. [Steve M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

    What did you think of these books? What should we review next week? Let us know below!

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    Gift Ideas Featuring the World’s Greatest Paranormal Investigator

    Are you shopping for a person who loves stories at the intersection of adventure and horror? Do they have a soft spot for tentacled monsters and the people who fight them? How about a lovable demon whose favorite things include cats and pancakes? Well, you’re in luck, because Mike Mignola’s Hellboy has all this and more. Combining elements of fantasy, sci-fi, Lovecraftian horror, pulp fiction, and comedy, the Hellboy stories span many generations and cover ground all over the world. TFAW is your one-stop shop for all things Hellboy, offering a variety of merchandise: comics, graphic novels, statues, toys, collectibles, and more. Check out some of the great gift ideas for the Hellboy fan (or Hellboy fan-to-be) in your life:

    Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1952 TPB HELLBOY AND THE BPRD: 1952 TPB By: Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, Alex Maleev, Dave Stewart Your Price: $17.99 The newest Hellboy collection, HELLBOY AND THE BPRD: 1952, tells the tale of Hellboy’s first mission with the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense. When Hellboy and his team of agents are sent to Brazil to investigate a series of confounding murders, they uncover more than they bargained for in the heart of a centuries-old fortress. Collecting the entire five-issue miniseries and featuring artist Alex Maleev, who makes the story leap off the page with his atmospheric, highly saturated style, this book will grab both readers who are new to the series and those who are longtime devotees.
    Hellboy Book And Figure Set at TFAW.com

    Your Price: $14.99

    The ideal gift for anyone who already loves Hellboy, this set is also an excellent starter pack for new readers. The book, SEED OF DESTRUCTION, is the one that started it all, laying out Hellboy’s origins in the occult fervor of a desperate Nazi party near the end of WWII. This introduction to the character also provided the basis for Guillermo del Toro’s 2004 film adaptation, Hellboy, starring Ron Perlman and Selma Blair. SEED OF DESTRUCTION is presented as a digest-size hardback, with new cover art by Mike Mignola. It is accompanied by a four-inch figure of Red himself in a classic pose and outfit that will be right at home on a bookshelf or desk.

    Hellboy: Weird Tales HC at TFAW

    HELLBOY: WEIRD TALES HC By: Mike Mignola, John Cassaday, J. H. Williams III, Craig Thompson, Evan Dorkin, Dave Stewart, Michelle Madsen Your Price: $17.99

    This is a decidedly light-hearted anthology of stories set in Hellboy’s weird world, featuring work by Craig Thompson, Michelle Madsen, J.H. Williams III, Evan Dorkin, Dave Stewart, John Cassaday, and of course, Mike Mignola. Watch out for monstrous bats and demon kiddos, explore ghost-ridden circuses and dilapidated spaceships, and sink your teeth into some deliciously old-school pulp in this deluxe edition, which collects volumes 1 and 2 of HELLBOY: WEIRD TALES.

    Signed Hellboy Books at TFAW.com

    PRODUCTS SIGNED BY MIKE MIGNOLA & OTHER CREATORS Signed by: Mike Mignola, Dave Stewart, Tyler Crook, Scott Allie Prices Vary From $27.00

    The ideal gift for anyone who already loves Hellboy, this set is also an excellent starter pack for new readers. The book, SEED OF DESTRUCTION, is the one that started it all, laying out Hellboy’s origins in the occult fervor of a desperate Nazi party near the end of WWII. This introduction to the character also provided the basis for Guillermo del Toro’s 2004 film adaptation, Hellboy, starring Ron Perlman and Selma Blair. SEED OF DESTRUCTION is presented as a digest-size hardback, with new cover art by Mike Mignola. It is accompanied by a four-inch figure of Red himself in a classic pose and outfit that will be right at home on a bookshelf or desk.

    And, if your lucky gift recipient has thoroughly exhausted Hellboy’s escapades, try some of the popular spin-off series that feature a diverse cast of characters and even more thrilling missions and chilling supernatural explorations:
    Don’t forget to take a look at some of TFAW’s other great Hellboy merchandise, too, including:
    Not sure what to get? A TFAW Gift Certificate is a one-size-fits all treat, or feel free to contact us directly via Live Chat at TFAW.com. You can also call us at 800-862-0052 or email us, and we’ll be glad to help you select the perfect gift for that special geek in your life. See more gift list ideas at the TFAW Blog.
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    November Product Review Contest

    As part of our monthly Product Review Contest, we’ve picked three reviews and are awarding $25 gift certificates to the people who posted them.

    Matthew from Boring, OR is the first of this month’s winners. His endorsement of the Batwing series was better than any recommendation we could come up with for the series (We do recommend you check it out, BTW. The art and story are both top-notch):

    I’m a big Batman fan so when I heard of the new African Batman called Batwing I was a little sketchy, but after got to reading the first issue I wanted more. I really like the super villain, Massacre, who stays true to his name but also hunts down super heroes. He’s a great first challenge for Batwing, and I’m excited to see how Batwing is going to overcome such a powerful villan. I also like how gruesome this come comic has become. This has become one I my favorite New 52 series.

    Andrew from Australia wrote a bunch of awesome reviews last month for some DC graphic novels, one of them being Grant Morrison’s Animal Man TPB Vol. 1, which we’ve included below:

    This is Grant Morrison’s masterpiece. Leave your baggage at the door – I don’t care if you think he’s a genius or a nut-case, this is proof the man can write. Buddy Baker is a family man, dealing with regular family issues while trying to be a superhero. Morrison’s true skill lies in the fact that he can write a family of regular people and make them interesting. That sounds easy, but remember when Wally West (The Flash) had kids – what a disaster. On top of that are some truly brilliant stories and some seeds planted for future events in later issues. I know it looks a bit hokey (Animal Man does sound a little lame) and Morrison can be a divisive writer, but this is worth your time and money if you’re looking for something outside of the normal superhero fare with a good dollop of humour, horror and genuinely touching moments.

    Finally, Matthew F. from New York dropped by for a few reviews, one of them for the Lobster Johnson: The Satan Factory novel. Here’s what he had to say:

    First let me make clear that I wasn’t all that familiar with the character of Lobster Johnson/”The Lobster” before I read this. Having said that, the author and/or Mike Mignola seem to have combined the best of the pulp heroes to create him (The Shadow, Doc Savage and The Spider to name a few), and to great effect. I’ll go so far as to say that the book itself is a love letter to the pulp magazines in general. I would suggest this to anyone that enjoys action, pulp magazines/heroes, and the feeling of kid-like escapism that this book creates.

    We want to thank everyone again for sharing their product reviews last month. Good stuff! If you’re submitting product reviews, please don’t submit duplicate reviews or submissions from other merchant websites. You don’t have to like the product to snag a winning review, so feel free to rant or gush.

    So submit your reviews and help your fellow collectors, and us, sort out the “HOT” from the “NOT”! Who knows, you may be one of next month’s winners.

    It’s simple! Just visit any product page and look for this:

    Click on it and our product review form will appear in a popup. Just fill out the pertinent information and submit your review, and you’re done! We’ll take a look at your review and get it up on the product page soon thereafter!

    There’s also a really easy way for you to call up everything you’ve ever ordered from us and review it. Simply log in to your account and go into the Order History Section. Next to each item, you’ll see a “Review it!” link.

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    Today’s 28 Days of Comics–Brought to You by the Letter “L”

    28 Days of Comics SaleToday’s 28 Days of Comics is legendary! That’s because you’ll save 28% on comics and graphic novels that start with the letter “L,” including Legion of Super Heroes, Lone Wolf and Cub, and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

    Lobster Johnson: The Iron Prometheus Graphic NovelWell, we can’t talk “L” books without mentioning Lobster Johnson, a cult favorite character spawned by Mike Mignola’s Hellboy. This pulp-fiction, crime-fighting vigilante got his start fighting the Nazis and assorted villains in the ’30s, leaving his mark–a lobster claw, natch–burned into the foreheads of his enemies. While he mainly appears as a ghost in Hellboy and B.P.R.D., his early exploits were detailed in Lobster Johnson: The Iron Prometheus graphic novel, written by Mike Mignola with art by Jason Armstrong. With its bold, graphic artwork and muted, vintage color palette, this is a unique, eye-catching book that’s a lot of fun for fans of old-time serials or Indiana Jones.

    Tomorrow’s 28 Days of Comics is brought to you by the letter “M,” which means 28% off titles like Mighty Avengers, Marvel Adventures, Madman, and Marvel Zombies! Which one are you looking forward to holding in your hot little hands? Post below!

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