Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Waiting for Wednesday, Volume 3, Issue 7

Okay, lemme say this right up front, if only for my own sake. I am going to my comics shop today, no matter what. Seriously. I swear. It's been a month of Wednesdays since I've gotten to the store on time, because of little things like tons of work and feet of snow.

This is madness.

And it has to stop.

So, hopefully, by this time tomorrow I'll have been to the store and I'll have a (ridiculous) pile of books to read over the coming long weekend. Hopefully.

But for now, let's focus on the things I am yet to purchase, since I won't be able to get to my shop until later on. It's a pretty big week of books, but I think I've managed to keep my list within reason.

Actually, before we get to all that, some breaking news. In a follow-up to yesterday's post about Borders Books, as of this morning, Borders has officially filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, citing a total debt of $1.29 billion.

While they are in talks to pay back an estimated $230 million in debts to a long list of publishers, in an official statement this morning, Borders Group says that, in the next few weeks, it will close around 200 of their 642 stores in the United States.

If you'd like to read more about it, you can check out, a new site put up by the company to address issues relating to the restructuring.

Well, obviously, this whole thing comes as no surprise. Still, I have to admit that my stomach did that weird, pull-y thing when I read the words early this morning. Sad to see, and I wish everyone who is losing a job over this mess the best in the coming weeks.

On that wonderful note...

There are a few big comics releases this week, like the final issue to the lead-up to the next big Green Lantern event, but I'm most excited about a couple of Image books.

One of them is a trade paperback collection of the first arc to 2010's break-out hit, Morning Glories, and the other...well, the other is something else, entirely. First to Morning Glories, though.
This was a book that we here at Exfanding told the whole world about, prior to its release, and, apparently, the whole world listened.

Because the issues sold out before they hit stands (something unique...and the comics industry) and the series is officially a Big Hit for Image.

As mentioned, the issues--especially first printings--became quite difficult to track down, as earlier issues in the series were heavily under ordered by retailers (apparently they don't read the blog).

But now is your chance to jump on, because the perfectly priced trade ships to stores today. At $9.99, for six issues, this is definitely a bargain. Here's the solicitation information from Image:

Morning Glory Academy is one of the most prestigious prep schools in the country, but something sinister and deadly lurks behind its walls. When six gifted but troubled new students arrive, they find themselves trapped and fighting for their lives as the secrets of the academy reveal themselves!

Check it out.

Up next, we have something called the Captain Wonder 3-D One-Shot, which will feature, according to Image, the most advanced 3-D tech ever used in print.
Like Nathaniel, I am not the world's biggest 3-D fan. But this book has me very interested. With story and art by Brian Haberlin and Philip Tan, this 48-page issue isn't cheap. It carries a $4.99 price tag, but, as the solicitation mentions, that includes the 3-D glasses.

Here's the blurb from Image:

Captain Wonder is the superhero of this world—he’s saved millions during his twenty-four year career. But now everything is going to Hell in a hand basket. You see, Captain Wonder has been missing for the last two months, and things don’t look so good.

Now meet Billy Gordon, ten years old and it seems someone is stalking him. What’s going on? Featuring the creative duo of Brian (Witchblade, Spawn, Aria) Haberlin and Philip (Green Lantern, X-Men, Spawn) Tan.


Image is on a major league hot streak with their books lately, and I'm more inclined to try their stuff than ever before. I find myself pre-ordering almost everything they're putting out, and hopefully Captain Wonder keeps that trend going.

Okay, gotta cut this short. But first, a quick teaser--since we've officially passed the 51,000 hit mark on this here blog, we're gonna do something special. And, since we're now officially important on the Internet (note that we're not actually officially important on the Internet, but our moms think we're cool), the announcement will be something Internet-y.


That's coming soon. Like, Friday, soon.

In the meantime, what are you Waiting for?

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