New Comic Book Day: Bob's Burgers Are Made of Wolverine

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 8:00 am

All good things must come to an end, my friends. This lovely blue orb will spin only so long before the sun explodes and makes what life remains here extinct.

As with Earth, so too goes the funny books game. Specifically, All-Star Western and Wolverine which both see their final issues making their debut this week. Oh, and Logan begins his slow crawl toward the grave with "One Month to Die." Plus, a little fools are about to die hard in the latest The Goon series out of Dark Horse.

But it's not all doomed! What could possibly be more fun than the Ninja Turtles going back in time and cosplaying as pirates? Plus, Bob's Burgers makes the leap from the small screen to the comics page.

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Haters Gonna Hate

Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 8:00 am


Martha Boyd is not just Luke's mother-in-law - she's also an ex-cop, a landlord, a self-described crazy cat lady, a major Star Trek geek and the widow of a green beret. So go ahead: ask her anything. And we mean anything.

But get on her bad side, and she's gonna let you know...

Hello, hello. I have several things to rant about this week, and as I did not get alot of questions, I have lots of room to vent. I have both good and bad to comment on. Let's get the bad right out of the way...

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New Comic Book Day: Pinheads of the Multiversity - UNITE!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 8:00 am

Somehow, this week's installment of New Comic Book Day ended up being kind of horror-heavy. I make no apologies.

It's a weird week, because there are some weird books out. Some, like Grant Morrison's Multiversity, I half never expected to see on shelves (but I'm excited beyond all reason that it exists); others, like BOOM! Studio's Hellraiser: Bestiary attempt to create canon in a non-continuity book that will nevertheless have impact on upcoming issues of the ongoing, because man, the last 20 years of movies have been awful. Okay, sure, whatever.

Oh, and The Strain enters its final act, Stray Bullets: Killers enters at turning point, and I added a couple of kids comics because it can't all be blood, guts, and meta stories, right?

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New Comic Book Day: El Nino Contra El Godzilla!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 8:00 am

Caution: I'm going to defend the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie in this week's comics round up. I hope we can remain friends (or at least frenemies).

Oh, and over at Valiant, it's no big whoop, but the latest Archer & Armstrong tries to explain the very nature of faith itself (with an on-the-nose yet hilarious joke about cultural appropriation and Elvis' role in that kind of thing), but even that pales when we learn that not only is there a book about a woman looking for her long-lost pirate brother, but that they were conjoined twins.

Godzilla smash! Hexed returns (sans Emma Rios), and take your kids to see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - unlike Guardians of the Galaxy, it's a complete movie.*

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Weekend Open Thread: R.I.P. Menahem Golan of Golan-Globus

Friday, August 8, 2014 at 6:32 pm


I'd have written a longer post but I didn't quite feel qualified. It would have all been about Dolph Lundgren movies.

I think we need to post some favorite Cannon films trailers and clips in comments.

Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Villains, Ghosts, UFOs and Yin-Yang Kittens

Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 8:00 am


Martha Boyd is not just Luke's mother-in-law - she's also an ex-cop, a landlord, a self-described crazy cat lady, a major Star Trek geek and the widow of a green beret. So go ahead: ask her anything. And we mean anything.

Hi all - are we sitting down and ready for another installment of the Crazy Cat Lady of Joshua Tree? Oh well, ready or not, here I come. Thursday afternoon is volunteer orientation for Contact in the Desert. This should be very interesting; we'll get more information on just what we will be doing - but even better yet, how we use the half-pass we are getting.

This last week we had a couple of days of really nice rain in Joshua Tree. At my place, it was fairly gentle and soaked in; however, over in 29 Palms they had more flash floods. Currently the road out of 29 Palms to Blythe is closed due to the mud. This weekend is supposed to be nice, not humid, and in the low 100's. August is monsoon season in the desert, and a year ago we were keeping our fingers crossed that Luke and Julia's wedding was going to be dry. So it looks like the second weekend in August is lucky in Joshua Tree.

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New Comic Book Day: Let's Cast Daffy Duck as Painkiller Jane

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 8:00 am

I just want to talk about funny animals in dark stories - does that make me so weird? Apparently not, given how many of you fell in love with Rocket Raccoon this weekend. We'll keep the Guardians of the Galaxy talk to a minimum but I have some definite thoughts on that very hazy movie.

Anyway, I was going to complain that it feels like summer is drawing to a close, but we still have big event comics coming out and that's how I've been marking epochs for a while now: when the crossovers end. But wait, the current biggie involves Alan Moore and dead gods - what the hell does that even mean?

You there, boy - what day is this?! Oh, it's the day that I crack wise about the week's new releases. Carry on.

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: How WWE's Depiction of Cops Is Flawed

Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 8:00 am


A veteran of the LAPD, widow of a Green Beret and self-described crazy cat lady, Luke's Mother-in-Law fears no questions. Ask her anything in the comments section - no issue is too big, too trivial or too weird for her to tackle, but if you get out of line, she will let you know!

All questions and answers are real.

Happy Thursday again. I am going to Contact in the Desert !!!!!!!!! Yippee! They called the other day and I was picked as a volunteer for Friday and Saturday. I am soooooooo excited. Okay, I got one parking-lot shift, but I am working at the George Noory lunch on Saturday. Also I get to help get the speakers to the lecture site. So Aug 8 and 9 I will be at the event and will try to get some stuff for TR. I don't know if I will have enough for LYT to use the info separately or it it will be done in my normal Thursday spot. Will have to see how the boss feels about my work.

This Saturday is the Copper Mt. breakfast - so going. Got to get those biscuits/gravy.

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New Comic Book Day: Let the Bodies Hit the Force

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 8:00 am

Wherein the author takes a look at the different approaches to the end(s) of human life vis a vis the works of Mssrs. Ennis and Remender. Or: Remmy and Enny write some messed-up comics about dead humans and I think sometimes they're pretty excellent. or at least intriguing, like this month's Low #1.

More dead bodies with, er, Bodies out of Vertigo while Luke Skywalker commits some space crimes, Jedi-style in Dark Horse's Star Wars: Rebel Heist.

Oh, and since Guardians of the Galaxy is out this week, we should probably talk about one of the comics bearing that name from Marvel. I mean, we don't have to, but I feel like I'd be letting you down if I didn't.

The things I do for your love and respect. Well, Internet love and virtual respect.

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New Comic Book Day: Archie Dies, Ash Marries, Teen Titans the Wrong Direction

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 8:00 am


Comics often has a teen girl problem - typically, it does know what they want, how to market to them, and in the case of Teen Titans #1, what they look like.

The "teen" in the sketchy Internet sense Titans cover is one of the blessed few lowlights in a week that gives us new work from the creator of Scott Pilgrim, a look into the far-flung future of the X-Men, a massive mash-up of some of Cartoon Network's early original programming (sadly minus Johnny Bravo) and people continue to make Army of Darkness comics because some of you out there keep hoping Army of Darkness 2 will be a thing.

It won't be. Cut it out.

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