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Comic Book Preview: 8/14/13 - Strength and Tentacles

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Comic Book Preview: 8/14/13 – Strength and Tentacles

We preview what’s coming out this Wednesday at the comic shop and pick our favorite and least favorite cover art. You can find a full list of all the comics being released right at the bottom.

WTF? Category

Where we don’t understand, are insulted by or would rather stab our eyes with acid pops than look at these covers for various reasons.

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Night of the Living Dead Aftermath #10

Comic Book Preview: 8/14/13 - Strength and Tentacles

Matt Busch

Dave: God knows when I’m viewing some sexy decapitated heads I wanna see some vag covered by panties.

Brendan: Again we find ourselves with a cover that crosses sex and gore. Can the two not be mutually exclusive? Is someone popping wood over this?

Batgirl #23

Comic Book Preview: 8/14/13 - Strength and Tentacles

Alex Garner

Dave: You know when it’s purple Dave will love it! But then again…okay this cover is rendered very nicely, but what the F is going on? Did she fall down and get wrapped up in police tape on the crime scene? This is ludicrous! Dramatic yes, questionable yes…unless it’s a police tape monster that is.

Brendan: I think there is some symbolism regarding her father and his police work causing stress and restriction on Barbara’s late night adventure-work. To be fair, this piece is fairly beautiful. There is a ton of drama with the coiling police tape and that Gordon portrait is just haunting.

Superboy #23

Comic Book Preview: 8/14/13 - Strength and Tentacles

Ken Lashley

Dave: Tentacley good! Reminds me of this:

Comic Book Preview: 8/14/13 - Strength and Tentacles

Brendan: I mean… I guess Supe’s looks slightly Asian.

Dave’s Honorable Mention

Aphrodite IX #4

Comic Book Preview: 8/14/13 - Strength and Tentacles

Stjepan Sejic

Dave: Sejic is one of my favorite cover artist these days, partly because there’s nothing else quite like his digital work. It’s also because the man can make you gasp in so many ways. This cover is yet another, as the arm and body of this huge dude is so eye catching you’ll barely notice little old Aphrodite is a tiny thing in comparison. What a strong dame, eh?

Brendan: The contrast of the massive man to his tiny adversary is truly impressive. I love how you would almost miss Aphrodite completely if it weren’t for the signature pop of her green hair. The detailing for the cybernetic plating is mesmerizing.

Brendan’s Honorable Mention

Astonishing X-Men #65

Comic Book Preview: 8/14/13 - Strength and Tentacles

Phil Noto

Brendan: I am simply in love with the angelic ice-wings Mr. Iceman have given himself. The angel wings cloaked behind himself and the for-reals God Thor is incredibly fitting. I also enjoy the muted-blue filter that causes everything to look so damned cold.

Dave: It definitely looks chilly and I do love how that hammer looks encased in ice. Am I crazy to be thinking, “how do ice wings work?”

Dave’s Pick

Six-Gun Gorilla #3

Comic Book Preview: 8/14/13 - Strength and Tentacles

Ramon K. Perez

Dave: The contrast of bottom right and top left is eye catching and at first glance seems to be a design choice. Then you realize there’s blood marking up the blue area and then you realize that’s a reflection. Say whaaaaaa? Nice to know they care so much while rabid desert mutants hurt our hero.

Brendan: So far, every Six-Gun Gorilla cover has impressed me. The way the characters are drawn and the style behind each cover makes you just want to pick this comic up and flip through the pages. It succeeds on every level.

Brendan’s Pick

Batman Arkham Unhinged #17

Comic Book Preview: 8/14/13 - Strength and Tentacles

Christopher Mitten

Brendan: Now, I love a lot about this cover. I love the grey, indistinguishable masses crowding our heroes. I love the warm, almost unsettling oranges that fade into cold blues. What I love most, though, is the contrast between Gordon and Batman. It is fitting that Gordon, the real authority, would look so small and desperate with his megaphone while Bats, who thrives through his symbol, is this hulking shadow that in all honesty doesn’t look like something I would fuck with.

Dave: There sure are a lot of ways to draw Batman, but the beady eyed monster in the darkness is one of my favorites.

Single Issue Comics To Be Released This Week

List via Comic availability subject to change.

Adventure Time Candy Capers #2 (Of 6)(Cover A Tina Fabert), $3.99
Deathmatch #8 (Cover A Whilce Portacio), $3.99
Garfield Pet Force Special #1 (Cover A Gary Barker), $4.99
Grace Randolph’s Supurbia #10 (Cover A Russell Dauterman), $3.99
Herobear And The Kid Inheritance #1 (Of 5)(Cover A Mike Kunkel), $3.99
Six-Gun Gorilla #3 (Of 6)(Cover A Ramon Perez), $3.99

Breath Of Bones A Tale Of The Golem #3 (Of 3), $3.99
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 #24 (Phil Noto Regular Cover), $2.99
Mike Norton’s Battlepug Volume 2 This Savage Bone HC, $14.99
Resident Alien The Suicide Blonde #0, $3.99
Star Wars #8, $2.99
True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys #3 (Of 6)(Becky Cloonan Regular Cover), $3.99
X #4, $2.99

Astro City #3, $3.99
Batgirl #23, $2.99
Batman #23 (Greg Capullo Regular Cover), $3.99
Batman Arkham Unhinged #17 (Chris Mitten Regular Cover), $3.99
Batman Li’l Gotham #5, $2.99
Constantine #6, $2.99
Demon Knights #23 (Final Issue), $2.99
Django Unchained #6 (Of 7)(Alex Ross Regular Cover), $4.99
Flash Volume 1 Move Forward TP, $16.99
Flash Volume 2 Rogues Revolution HC, $24.99
Green Lantern Corps #23 (Bernard Chang Regular Cover), $2.99
Justice League Of America #7 (Doug Mahnke Regular Cover), $3.99
Katana #7, $2.99
Nightwing #23, $2.99
Nightwing Old Friends New Enemies TP, $14.99
Right State TP, $16.99
Smallville Season 11 #16, $3.99
Smallville Season 11 Volume 2 Detective TP, $14.99
Suicide Squad #23, $2.99
Superboy #23, $2.99
Threshold #8 (Final Issue), $3.99
Wake #2 (Of 10)(Sean Murphy 2nd Printing Variant Cover)(not verified by Diamond), $2.99
Worlds’ Finest #15, $2.99

Battlestar Galactica #3 (Chris Eliopoulos Subscription Variant Cover), $3.99
Damsels Mermaids #4 (Of 5)(Paul Renaud Regular Cover), $3.99
Dejah Thoris And The Green Men Of Mars #5 (Of 12)(Jay Anacleto Subscription Variant Cover), $3.99
Grimm #4 (Lucio Parrillo Regular Cover), $3.99
Red Sonja #2 (Jenny Frison Regular Cover), $3.99
Shadow Green Hornet Dark Nights #2 (Of 5)(Chris Eliopoulos Subscription Variant Cover), $3.99
Vampirella Southern Gothic #1 (Of 5)(Johnny Desjardins Regular Cover), $3.99

Amelia Cole And The Unknown World TP, $19.99
Doctor Who #12 (Cover B Photo), $3.99
Doomsday.1 #4 (Of 4)(Cover A John Byrne), $3.99
G.I. JOE Special Missions #6 (Cover A Paul Gulacy), $3.99
Half Past Danger #4 (Of 6)(Cover A Stephen Mooney), $3.99
My Little Pony Cover Gallery #1, $3.99
My Little Pony Digest Volume 1 TP, $6.99
Star Trek #24 (Cover A Tim Bradstreet), $3.99
Star Trek 100-Penny Press #1, $1.00
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #1 (Cover D Andrea Di Vito), $3.99
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Classics Volume 1 TP, $29.99
Transformers 30th Anniversary Collection HC, $49.99
X-Files Season 10 #3 (Cover SUB Andrew Currie), $3.99
Zombies Vs Robots Diplomacy SC, $19.99

East Of West #5, $3.50
Ghosted #1 (Sean Phillips 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Ghosted #2, $2.99
Great Pacific #9, $2.99
Lost Vegas #4 (Of 4)(Cover A Janet Lee), $3.50
Mind The Gap #12 (Cover B Michael Gaydos), $2.99
Peter Panzerfaust #13, $3.50
Saga #13, $2.99
Savage Dragon #190, $3.99
Spawn #234 (Cover A Todd McFarlane), $2.99
Walking Dead #113, $2.99

Alpha Big Time TP, $16.99
Astonishing X-Men #65, $3.99
Avengers Arena #13, $2.99
Avengers Assemble Science Bros TP, $16.99
Deadpool #14, $2.99
Fantastic Four #11, $2.99
Fearless Defenders #8, $3.99
First X-Men TP, $19.99
Infinity #1 (Of 6)(Adam Kubert Regular Cover), $4.99
Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man #17, $2.99
Scarlet Spider #20, $2.99
Secret Avengers #7, $3.99
Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #2, $3.99
Thor God Of Thunder #11, $3.99
Ultimate Comics X-Men #30, $3.99
Uncanny X-Force #10, $3.99
Uncanny X-Men #10 (Frazer Irving Regular Cover), $3.99
Wolverine #8 (Alan Davis Regular Cover), $3.99
Wolverine And The X-Men #34, $3.99
X-Men Battle Of The Atom By Arthur Adams Poster, $8.99

Archer And Armstrong #12 (Emanuela Lupacchino Regular Cover), $3.99
Harbinger #15 (Trevor Hairsine Pullbox Variant Cover), $3.99

Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Demons The Unseen #3 (Of 3), $3.99
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Wonderland #13, $2.99

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