The Best Single Comics Issues of 2014

26 Dec

NOTE: Of what I’ve read

Daredevil #5 – Chris Samnee and Mark Waid figure out what happened to Foggy Nelson. Matt Murdock (Daredevil for those that don’t know!!!) figures it all out for us. I cried. What of it? It is the single best issue of 2014.

Starlight #1 – What happens to Flash Gordon after he returns? Will anyone believe him? Does he move on? What happens to the world he saves? And let’s say Goran Parlov draws the aftermath. This issue puts Parlov in the driver’s seat of an emotional roller coaster, with Mark Millar scripting lightly and allowing the story to breathe.

Sabrina #1 – Robert Hack’s art and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s script create a world we do and don’t know; a world where Sabrina the Teenage Witch is living the normal teenage life and where the reader wants to know the history behind these witches and their rules. Her parents, what of them? This

Afterlife with Archie #4 – Depressing. Sad. Engrossing. All these describe this issue. I won’t spoil it beyond saying bring your tissues. Dammit.

Multiversity: Pax Americana – Comics at its very finest. A mainstream audience is introduced to multiple concepts, layers and breakdowns of both the superhero genre and the ideas behind political expediency, determinism, and fourth-dimensional storytelling. Frank Quitely puts on a tour de force. Perhaps the best drawn comic of the year.

Moon Knight #4 – Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire dominate this issue, what with the artwork telling the story of a buried corpse and its DMT-influence. Warren Ellis’ script lets the art flow, elaborate and engage the reader. A masterpiece in comics.

New Avengers #21 – Decisions, decisions. We found out who had the cojones and who didn’t. We found out who was willing to go far enough, and whether it was even worth it. An issue 21 issues in the making.

Animal Man #29 – Told in the manner of a fairy tale, the entire series gets encapsulated by Jeff Lemire’s engrossing and sumptuous artwork.

Wonder Woman #35 – The culmination of Azzarello and Chiang’s run, it unleashes all that is about Wonder Woman. Love, sacrifice and rehabilitation, this issue has it all. Chiang’s Diana is structurally perfect.

Southern Bastards #4 – Imagine you return to your hometown. This hometown you ran away from. This hometown run by a corrupt figure that goes by the name of Coach Boss and wants to strike you down for fear of an uprising. And imagine…he wins.  But, there is something that gives the reader hope. The second-best issue of 2014.

This Upcoming Grayson Cover Is Great

23 Dec

Thank you, Dan Panosian for this cover


Saturday Morning Comics #60: SMC Annual, Last Pod of the Year!!!

20 Dec

QUESTION: What is your favorite movie based off a cartoon?

Kyle! – GI Joe from 1989
SME – South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut
Silver Fox – Scooby Doo live-action
COC – The Simpsons Movie


– 6 min – DC cancellations before Convergence (Goodbye Swamp Thing!)
– 19min – Archie Comics modernization
– July 2015 – King-Sized Kirby hardcover
– DC announced Movie Poster Cover Month
– Donna Troy is back
29 min – SILVER OR SIMPLY SILLY – new game segment!!!!
32 min – Batman Eternal #36  CHECK OUT THIS BOOK
40 min – Hellboy and the BPRD #1
46 min – Avengers World #16
51 min – Zombie Tramp #5  FUNNY BOOK FOR ADULTS
1:05 min – Flash Gordon #7
1:14 min – GOTG Annual #1
1:25 min – Thor #3  BUY THIS BOOK
1:35 min – AXIS: Carnage #3   The end?
1:48 min – Afterlife with Archie #7  BUY THIS BOOK
1:58 min – Southern Bastards #6
2:08 min – The Valiant #1  BUY BUY BUY

This Guy Really Likes The Simpsons

15 Dec


Saturday Morning Comcis #59: Reboot

13 Dec

editor’s note: Ray Fawkes on twitter stated that Ben Templemsith WILL be on Gotham By Midnight #3 and that they reports were wrong.

QUESTION: What is your favorite cartoon based off a science fiction movie?
SME – Men in Black
Kyle! – Rico’s Roughnecks
Toymaster – Rico’s Roughnecks
COC – Real Ghostbusters
Silver Fox – Planet of the Apes

SME – p326 Intelligent Sentient? (Drawn & Quarterly), p337 Saint Cole (Fantagraphics), p47 Thor Annual #1 (Marvel)
Kyle! – HARLEY QUINN VARIANTS p101,p84, p143 Harley Quinn Covergirls statue (DC), p249 Holy F*ck #3 (Action Lab)
Toymaster – p131 The Suiciders #1 (Vertigo), p384 Divinity #1 (Valiant), p496 GOTG 7in Baby Groot
COC – p3 Darth Vader #1 (Marvel), p43 EI8HT #1 (Dark Horse), p448 Jay and Silent Bob Monopoly
Silver Fox – p438 Northstar T-shirt, p382 Imperium #1 (Valiant), p257 Black Hood #1 (Archie)


2 min – QUESTION
– Teen Titans will film in 2015, Nightwing leads the team
– Krypton TV show announced
– G Willow Wilson now exclusive with Marvel
– Scarlet Witch/Quicksilver are NOT mutants
– Free Comic Book Day!!!
– Tom Taylor is leaving Injustice: Gods Among Us
– Zombie Tramp #5 1up Collectibles cover HOLIDAY SPECIAL; in-store Dec 19th
– 51min – ARROW/Flash/SHIELD Discussion
1:04 min – NOMINATIONS For Best of 2014 are Up HERE
1:06 min – Secret Six #1
1:12 min – Superior Foes of Spider-Man #17
1:22 min – Justice League 3000 #12
1:27 min – Grayson #5   MUST BUY
1:36 min – Men of Wrath #3  MUST BUY
1:50 min – The Autumnlands: Tooth and Claw #2
1:58 min – Eternal Warrior: Days of Steel #2
2:07 min – Injustice: Gods Among Year Three #5
2:16 min – Gotham Academy #3
2:22 min – The Delinquents #4
2:32 min – Angela #1

Thanks For a Great Career, Jimmy Rollins

10 Dec


Loved watching you play, from AA Reading even through last year’s horrible team.  Three all-star appearances, one MVP award, and a World Series later and here’s to you finishing your career well with the LA Dodgers.  GO PHILLIES and GO JIMMY

Thanks for the memories.

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Saturday Morning Comics #59: Awards?

10 Dec

NOTE: The SMC crew will be deciding on the notations and then putting them up for YOU to vote on!!! Stay tune for our announcement.

Question: What was your favorite non-movie Star Wars character?
Kyle! – Asajj Ventress
COC – Dash Rendar
Silver Fox – Mara Jade
Toymaster – Darth Maul AFTER legs


5min – QUESTION plus Star Wars talk
11min – discussing our future Awards podcast
– Email us at
– Suicide Squad casting
– new Terminator trailer
– Ryan Reynolds confirmed as Deadpool
– Benedict Cumberbatch confirmed as Doctor Strange
– 25min – Flash/Arrow TV crossover discussion
– 34min – Dark Knight 3 from Frank Miller and Scott Snyder????
-36min – Awards discussion – the rules are the rules
– 40min – AXIS #6
– 42min – Superman/Wonder Woman #13 HATED IT
– 43:30min – Wonder Woman #37  HATED IT
– 45min – Teen Titans #4 HATED IT
– 49min – Zombie Tramp #4
– 58min – Gotham By Midnight #1 BUY IT
– 1:06min – Amazing X-Men #13
– 1:08min –  Daredevil #10
– 1:10min – Avengers World #16
– 1:13min – All-New Invaders #12
– 1:16min – Superior Iron Man #2 BUY IT
– 1:27min – Multiversity: Pax Americana BUY IT
– 1:35min – Ody-C #1
– 1:37min – BULLET ROUND: Scarlet Spiders #1, Delinquents, local comic shop talk
– 1:45min – Batwoman #36, Sensation Comics #4, BIonic Woman Season 4 #3, Captain Midnight #17
– 1:49min – Axis: Carnage #2
– 1:59min – COWL #6


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