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Buy A Comic Day: This Weekend, March 19, 20

Thursday, March 17th, 2011
Buy A Comic Day

Buy A Comic Day

Buy A Comic Day; the 3rd weekend of each month, is this weekend. The goal is to help motivate people who haven’t purchased comics in awhile,  maybe 1-10 years, to get off their overworked bucks and go out and buy 2 new comics ad 2 back issues to help support the paper comic industry as well as support your local comic shop.

If you don’t have any idea what to get or what to read, Eathan, over at Things From Another World in Portland, had some suggestions. (below is Ethan paraphrased).

Ethan: Somethe_ultimates_vol_1_super_human_2 really cool stuff, for people who haven’t bought a comic in a while, would be The Ultimates. I highly suggest the story line since it was specifically designed for people who are getting back into comics and weren’t interested in starting in the middle of some big story. Ultimate Spider-Man is also an excellent read, written by a local writer here in town. (Brian Michael Bendis)

I also suggest Sandman,  by Neil Gaiman. He’s a fantastic writer, extremely popular as well, but not to be confused with DC Vertigo Sandman. We also have THOUSANDS of back issues ranging from $1 to $85. Jeeze, we got, DC, Marvel, tons of Indies, pretty much a anything to interest pretty much anyone. (as do most comic book stores that might be within driving distance to the reader).

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If you haven’t purchased a comic in a while, take the time to support not only the paper comic industry but your local comic shop as well. As paper comic readership continues to decline, due to increasing purchases of electronic books, take a moment and think about the value of holding a real book, graphic novel or even comic book in your hand. Digital has its place, but there is something akin to nostalgia when it comes to buying and reading books.

We are currently at the C2E2 Chicago comic book convention, I’ll be buying more Batman and Green Lantern Blackest Night while I’m here. So what have you been interested in reading?

Memorable Superhero Moment – Cap’s Rant In The Ultimates

Monday, March 14th, 2011

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Surrender??!! You think this letter on my head stands for France?

It’s World War II and an alien race, known as the Chitauri, has infiltrated the Nazi Party. One of the high ranking aliens absorbs and devours Herr Kleiser, a Nazi officer. The Chitauri offered the Nazis advanced technology to use them to conquer Earth and impose “order”, erasing all individuality, which they see as an aberration. Towards the end of World War II , Herr Kleiser faces off with Captain America but was ultimately defeated.

Fast forward 57 years into the future and Cap and Kleiser are at it again in one of the most spectacular fights ever put into comics. I mean, it was jaw dropping fantastic. The background: Herr Kleiser and other aliens, using their shape shifting capabilities, infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D’s Psi-Division, and plant false information designed to lure the Ultimates to a Micronesian island where they were to be destroyed by a nuclear bomb. However, Thor’s magic hammer, and Iron Man’s force field, protected the Ultimates from being obliterated. Unfortunately thousands of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents were killed. Kleiser and the Chitauri also infiltrated Triskelion, S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters, captures Wasp and takes her to Area 51 near Phoenix, Arizona.

At the same time, the Chitauri fleet inform Kleiser they are planning on destroying the planet; at this point it’s revealed that the Ultimates survived the Micronesian trap and a HUGE battle takes place. This is where Herr Kleiser and Cap finally go at it again and it’s absolutely fantastic. Cap kicks it off by alerting all, and I do mean ALL, military personnel across the globe to get their asses to Phoenix to fight the aliens who have “seized control of S.H.I.E.L.D and now threaten our very existence.”

While Kleiser is monologueing on the radio, Cap pierces him on the nose tip of a jet fighter and sends the jet, with Kleiser, crashing into several tanks of jet fuel, but not before ejecting from the cockpit. There’s a HUGE explosion and the entire area goes up in flames, yet Kleiser survives, and is pissed. Kleiser’s now raging mad. They engage, but Cap can’t even get a hand on Kleiser before Kleiser lands three painful blows on Cap, throwing him around like a rag doll. Kleiser then proceeds to mop the tarmac with Steve, all while monologueing. While being pummeled, Cap can barely get the words out, “WILL YOU JUST SHUT UP AND DIE!?” God this is fantastic writing.

Keep in mind, Kleiser is naked as a jaybird at this point while they’re wrestling in mortal combat. “Get offa me, you freak!” Cap manages to say while his beating continues. Meanwhile the Avengers are… I mean… the Ultimates are dealing with the rest of the Chitauri, and it’s totally hardcore up in the air as Iron man and Thor are ripping apart the airborne fleet. On the ground, Fury sees Cap being thrown around and activates his “light-sensitive mode” for sixty seconds and basically goes invisible to sneak up on Kleiser, to the point of being able to put an M203 Grenade Launcher (M16 for those of you who don’t know weapons) up side of Kleiser’s head, “EAT THIS, MOTHER******!” and is able to pump a good 6 rounds into Kleiser’s cranium.

But, Kleiser isn’t even phased, with half his head blown off, he quickly dispatches Fury and proceeds to try to force Cap to surrender, to get Cap to repeat after him, mocking him,  “I surrender, Herr Kleiser! Make it quick!” Cap loses it and head butts Kleiser, palms Kleiser in the jaw, knocking him back then grabs his shield and nearly cuts Kleiser in half finally managing to yell out, “Surrender? … SURRENDER??!! You think this letter on my head stands for France?” All while he’s bleeding from multiple cuts all over his body.

It’s at this point where Fury gives the “ok” to “traumatize Banner, gentlemen,” to get the Hulk into the game. And that’s when it REALLY gets interesting.

If you haven’t read the Ultimates, then you’re just WRONG! And if you don’t understand Cap’s reference, with all due respect to France (thank you for the statue of liberty) then you might want to read up on France as they lose their way through historic battles in time; the Gallic Wars, Hundred Years War, Italian Wars, Wars of Religion, War of the Augsburg League/King William’s War/French and Indian War, War of the Spanish Succession, The Napoleonic Wars, World War II and the Vietnam war. All of which they lost. But boy they can sure cook!! We still love you guys. :)

The Ultimates was written by Mark Millar and artist Bryan Hitch. Go buy a hard copy now.