New Comic Book Day List for October 15th

Well it’s Tuesday, and you know what that means. Tomorrow is new comic book day!

Here are the books to check out and pick up. Listed by publisher. Keep in Mind, this is not a comprehensive list.

Marvel

Death of Wolverine: Storm #4

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New Avengers #25

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Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy #1

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Original Sin Annual #1

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Edge of Spider-Verse #5

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Death of Wolverine #4

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DC

Adventures of Superman Vol. 2

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Batman and Robin #35

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Batman Vol. 4 : Zero Year – Secret City

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Batman Vol. 5: Zero Year – Dark City

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Batman ’66 Vol. 1

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Batman ’66 Vol. 2

Side note on this one. Batman has had some so terrible they’re amazing villains over the years, but bookworm is by far my favorite.

Batwoman #35

Earth 2: World’s End #2

Infinite Crisis: Fight For The Multiverse #4

Justice League #35

Justice League 3000 Vol. 1: Yesterday Lives

and there you have the Marvel and DC releases for tomorrow, well most of them. If you have a company you’d like me to keep track of new releases on tell me in the comments.

Doctor Who Season 8 Episode 8 Mummy on the Orient Express

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This is the recap and review for Doctor Who “Mummy on the Orient Express” spoilers ahead.

This is a great example of how well they can do on this show, showing just how disappointing the majority of the episodes from this season have gone. We get the campy fun, the fake science, the Doctor being clever, plenty of humor, and a decent one off monster. So let’s jump in and break this mother down.

It opens up with a crabby old woman complaining about everything in the dining car, presumable in the 1920’s on THE Orient Express. She sees a mummy no one else can see and promptly dies. They seem to think that she’s just a batty old bird who died and was hallucinating due to lack of oxygen because of the heart attack that killed her. Surprise, this is a prefect recreation of the Orient Express, in space. NOW THAT is how you do a setting, Doctor Who.

We find the Doctor and Clara stepping off the TARDIS to join the festivities just after the old woman’s death. They are talking about how this is the last trip they’re taking. Clara needed to say goodbye. With the announcement before this season started that it would be Jenna’s last season and the events of the last episode between Clara and the Doctor it’s plausible enough.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the AMAZING costume and set work on this episode. Seriously production designers, bravo, a beautiful job capturing the roaring twenties at their best.

Now back to business, Clara and the Doctor find out about the death, and the Doctor reassures Clara that it was nothing. They are just here to have a relaxing time. That evening they head to bed and neither can sleep (after the Doctor has an extremely entertaining argument with himself), so they separately go off investigating. The Doctor is sneaking around and meets what, In my opinion is that shining star of the episode, the engineer Perkins. You see some of the space tech behind the classic facade, and find that there’s a life support system built into the train to keep people from dying while aboard. It failed, which is suspicious

Clara runs into the old woman’s granddaughter, Maisey Pitt, who proves to be suspicious of why they won’t allow her to see her grandmother’s body. Maisey promptly destroys the electronic lock with her shoe and they find nothing but a creepy old sarcophagus inside.

The Doctor realizes there are an inordinate number of experts and researchers on board, and starts asking questions going straight to the one expert on the legend of the foretold, an ancient myth from a dead planet.

The Doctor finds that Clara is trapped in the room with the sarcophagus and tries to rescue her, but the sonic doesn’t work on the door, it does however open the sarcophagus in the room. The Doctor takes off to find more answers after another death on the train. Clara gets some knowledge dropped on her in a poignant moment with Maisey who tells her “Life would be so much simpler if you could just like the people you’re supposed to like, but then I guess there would be no fairytales.” Something that I think causes Clara to rethink her leaving the Doctor. It’s where you see her waiver for the first time.

The Doctor figures out this was all a set up, and calls the ship’s computer on the deal. Immediately the roaring 20’s facade is dropped and a lab is made available, and many of the passengers were revealed to have been holograms. Here’s where the action begins. The Doctor begins talking to Clara via phone, and the computer gets a little angry when he won’t hang up the phone, and destroys the kitchen crew, in order to motivate the Doctor into work. Before the Doctor’s chat with Clara is so rudely interrupted Clara and Maisey have found some records in the cabin they are stuck in and relay some of that information to the Doctor. This isn’t the first train that’s been set up to catch the mummy, the rest have been destroyed.

Eventually the Doctor works out how the mummy is picking his victims after the expert on alien myths is killed. He’s picking the ones who are weakest first whether through physical or mental illness. They work out that the captain will be next all the while having him describe everything about the mummy that he can. After this revelation the Doctor declares that one minute with him and the mummy would be toast, to which our fantastic Mr. Perkins says “You know Doctor, I can’t tell if you’re a genius or just incredible arrogant.” The Doctor replies withe a snappy “On a good day, both” before running off on another science riddled tangent about how to stop it.

After this they realize Maisey will be the next victim because of her guilt over her grandmother’s death. The Doctor has Clara lie to get her to the lab and she does. The mummy appears to Maisey, and the doctor takes her guilt and transfers it to himself so that the mummy will come after him. And if course we get the always great “Are you my mummy” crack. I mean seriously it’s a Doctor Who episode with an actual mummy, that was necessary. He realizes the mummy is a soldier and surrenders informing him that the war is over and he is done. The mummy disintegrates leaving behind only his bandages and personal teleporter (how else was he getting around so fast).

The computer informs the remaining passengers and experts that they have fulfilled their function and will now be destroyed. The Doctor, while everyone around him faints due to the evacuation of oxygen from the cabin, rigs the teleporter to get everyone to the TARDIS. We find the Doctor on a beach with Clara finally waking up. I think it was New New x13 York in the background, correct me if I’m wrong in the comments)

The Doctor finally explains himself and his seeming heartlessness to Clara by saying “Sometimes the only choices you have are bad ones, but you still have to choose.” You again, see that little shift in Clara. Back on the TARDIS Clara asks him if he’s addicted to making those hard choices in these impossible situations. The Doctor doesn’t deny it, but says he doesn’t actually know. It’s a nice little Sherlock easter egg, I think. We find that Perkins is still on the TARDIS and the Doctor offers him a spot as his companion, which Perkins sadly turns down. We see Clara deciding to continue traveling with the Doctor, for now anyway. And that’s where we’re left for the end of the episode.

As I said, this was a great example of a good episode. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was funny, intriguing, and just a little bit hokey. We see tragedy and triumph, the Doctor is somewhat humanized again, and the companion is still traveling, for now.

I do have one burning question after all that, well maybe two: Who the hell was Perkins, and can we please see him again?!

Let me know what you thought down below,

Gotham Episode 4 “Arkham”

      We got our first glimpse of Arkham Asylum tonight, and the show has been building up to the “war” Cobblepot has been predicting since episode 1.
    The war began tonight, with a few shots fired. Maroni and Falcone are playing for keeps. They begin by taking out each other’s pocket politicians over who gets Arkham, the case of course lands on the desks of Gordon and Bullock. The war for Arkham begun, and the Mayor’s attempts to pacify both sides comes too little too late.
    We have seen a lot of build up, and little action on the major plotlines. Penguin is playing all sides. He is definitely more stable now, he’s moving up in the underworld, and his new found cruelty and ruthlessness are serving him well.
    At the end of the episode we are left with the feeling that the robbery of Maroni’s restaurant and death of the manager were all orchestrated by Penguin, who will leave no loose ends.
    Fish Mooney is moving her players into place and auditioning singers who are also asked to seduce her. We’re given the idea that she has big plans (something to do with taking over Falcone’s empire)  for this girl. The girl is Liza (played by Mackenzie Leigh a relative newcomer) Who has a killer voice, a mysterious and sexy way, and a badass streak.
     We see little enough of Bullock other than his visit to Fish, and being Gordon’s own private joke. We actually see Gordon trying to lighten up a bit taking jabs at Bullock, even cracking a joke!
     Barbara finally comes clean about her relationship with Montoya to Gordon. She gives Gordon an ultimatum, things are definitely coming to a head in that relationship as well.
    We get a few glimpses of Bruce Wayne, who is definitely beginning to hone his detective skills. We see him losing trust in Gordon and his plan, and his grief at his parents’ project for Arkham’s failure.
    Big things are coming.

This episode was fantastic, the last few have been good, but I sincerely couldn’t wait to see what happened next. I feel like it’s truly going places now.

NYCC 2014 Panels

I’m going to make an attempt to put as many of the panel videos as I can up here. If you missed a panel, didn’t get in, or simply weren’t able to attend NYCC this year, this is where most of the news breaks, and you can see it first hand.

Daredevil Panel

Stephen Amell Pt 1

Stephen Amell Pt 2

Stephen Amell Pt 3

Cast of Daredevil on Marvel Live

Game of Thrones Panel

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Panel

The Walking Dead Panel

Star Wars Books Panel

Arthur Darvill Doctor Who Panel

Gotham Panel

Elementary Panel

Diamond Select Panel

That’s all I’ve got for now folks. I know Marvel and DC have some videos up on their respective sites as well. They both did live broadcasts from NYCC the entire weekend, so you definitely want to check out what’s over there.

Web Comics List

Web comics are a popular and growing medium. I have compiled a list of some of my favorite series to follow.

Two Lumps

Follows Ebenezer and Snooch two housecats who have some hilarious adventures. Ebenezer is intelligent and jaded, while Snooch is not so bright, but sees fun and beauty in everything. Ebenezer’s favorite past times include napping, eating gooshy food, and messing with Snooch. Snooch enjoys napping, gooshy food, and pretty much everything ever.

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Hark, A Vagrant!

Writes about history, literature, and even super heroes sometimes. Always entertaining.

Nimona

From the official site:

“Lord Ballister Blackheart has a point to make, and his point is that the good guys aren’t as good as they seem. He makes a comfortable living as a supervillain, but never really seems to accomplish much – until he takes on a new sidekick, Nimona, a shapeshifter with her own ideas of how things should be done. Unfortunately, most of those ideas involve blowing things up. Now Ballister must teach his young protégé some restraint and try to keep her from destroying everything, while simultaneously attempting to expose the dark dealings of those who claim to be the protectors of the kingdom – including his former best friend turned nemesis, Ambrosius Goldenloin.”

Dinosaur Comics

From the official site:

“Dinosaur Comics is a comic about talking dinosaurs!”

Straightforward and to the point. This comic is always hilarious.

Sticks Angelica and Ant Comic

Surreal and strange these comics by Michael DeForge (from adventuretime) will take you to a whole new world.

Super Mutant Magic Acedemy

If Professor Xavier’s School for Gifted Children were a little more normal, and a little more ridiculous simultaneously, this is probably what it would be like.

Black is the Color

Two sailors get thrown off their ship, sassy mermaids arrive and mess with them throughout their drifting voyage.

Depression

The name says it all really.

Hyperbole and a Half

Same author as Depression. The entire series is just brilliant.

These are just a few of my favorites. Give them a look, and then go forth and find more web comics to enjoy.