03 Jul, 2014

Midtown Memories

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By Raph Soohoo

Bloggerinos! Raph here, back from a long absence. The reason for this absence is a sad one: I’m no longer a member of the Midtown Comics Times Square staff. I’ve spent the last six years at Midtown Comics Times Square, two of them as the floor manager, and I’ve made a lot of friends and had a lot of terrific memories. Here are just a few memories I’d like to share with you.

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21 Feb, 2014

5 New Image Books You Should Be Reading

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Hello! After a brief hiatus, we’re back with more books for you to read! For the past decade or so, Image has done an amazing job of picking up talented creators and letting them produce some amazing work. From Robert Kirkman’s Walking Dead and Invincible to John Layman and Rob Guillory’s Chew to Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples’ Saga to Matt Fraction’s and Chip Zdarsky’s Sex Criminals,  there’s a treasure trove of talent that has found their way to Image. Here are five fairly new releases that I think are some of the better ones in comics.

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Bloggerinos! Raph here, with reviews of a comic, a new game and the new trailer that debuted for Captain America: Winter Soldier! Thoughts after the break.

VELVET #1

Velvet is the latest from the hard hitting noir team of Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting, whose last collaboration is the subject of my third topic. Velvet revolves around a fictional spy organization, reminiscent of James Bond and M.I. 6, the agents of A.R. 7 are the best in the best, the Batmen of the spy world: hidden in mystery, known only as legend… until one of their agents, X-14, is killed on a mission. This has never happened before, and the search is on for what’s gone wrong. Stuck in the middle of this is Velvet Templeton, a secretary at A.R. 7… or so we think. The mystery is just starting to reveal itself in issue one, and it’s pace is incredible. If you love Brubaker’s previous works, and are a fan of spy fiction, Velvet is a must have. Be sure to take a look at our own Midtown Exclusive Cover as well!

SCRIBBLENAUTS UNMASKED!

Scribblenauts is one of the most entertaining games I’ve ever seen: you enter words into a magic notebook, and out pops whatever you can think of. From Godzilla to Grilled Cheese, I don’t own the game, but watching friends play it always was an entertaining experience. So when the game makers announced a sequel, and one featuring the characters of the DC Universe, my interest was definitely piqued.

I’ve only played through about an hour or two worth of the game, but it’s already highly entertaining. You play as Maxwell a young boy with a magic notebook, and you are flung into the world of DC Comics, along with your twin sister Lili. Starting off in Gotham City, Maxwell explores the DC Universe, summoning weapons, items and heroes as needed… and the variety is mind boggling.

In one instance, I had Kyle Rayner as Ion, Saint Walker, The Spectre, Electric Red Superman, Zauriel, original Azrael and Azrael-Batman on the screen at one time… AMAZING! It’s definitely for fans of the DC Universe, regardless of era (everything defaults to New 52, but you can bring different versions of the characters out to play)

The game is available on Steam (PC Digital Download), Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER TRAILER

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The Captain America: Winter Soldier trailer debuted recently, and I have to say, it definitely got a few squeals of joy out of me.

The story is based pretty heavily on Brubaker and Epting’s initial Captain America run, with a few changes to accommodate the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The plot revolves around two things: Cap being a man out of time, and the seeming return of his thought to be dead best friend Bucky. Robert Redford is supposed to play a senator who might have ties to Bucky’s resurrection, and both SHIELD and Black Widow seem to play big parts in this Cold-War style thriller. I am really excited to see this movie, but I’ll have to settle for the big dude with the hammer hitting people really hard with said hammer.

Until Next Time,

-        Raph

This is the second installment of the Midtown Comics Marvel Guide! If you haven’t checked out the first part, click here!

These books are ones you can read and enjoy without having to read other titles, so if you don’t feel inclined to invest yourself heavily into the mainline Marvel continuity, you can still check out these fantastic reads!

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03 Jan, 2012

12 Things to Look Forward to in 2012!

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It’s 2012! With the threat of a Mayan apocalypse looming ahead, we’ve decided to take a look at all the other things to look forward to in 2012! These are comics and comic related things that will make 2012 a year worth not being blown up by Mayans!  Let the countdown begin!

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27 Dec, 2011

The Best of 2011

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It’s that time of the year! The past 12 months have whizzed by in a FLASH (puns always intended)! There was a lot going on in the year 2011… let’s take a look at some of the best 2011 had to offer!

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