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Man from Space

I sometimes have this habit of picking comics were the art grabs my attention. If the story falls flat, I feel like I have completely wasted my money. So when I came across Man from Space by Marc Jackson I wasn’t sure if I was going to be satisfied with both the artwork and story. But Marc Jackson was able to impress me with a great storyline and illustration.

           Man from Space takes us on a journey with an unknown hero and his goldfish pal Michael when their rocket ship crashes. As they set out to look for shelter, the duo meet and befriend Whemblo, a cute pink alien that is reminiscent of an Ugly doll. During the course of our hero’s adventure, they must try to stay safe from the evil robot enemies, the Volbots (which might the coolest evil robots). When their new friend Unit 7-73 teleports them to a timeline in the future, our hero must use his future self to correct a past mistake that could change the course of the future.

         Man from Space is the perfect comic for kids just getting into to comics and for adults who need to escape into a world of adventure. The characters in Man from Space are loveable, but only a few seem fully developed. For some odd reason every time our hero spoke I would picture Sam Rockwell, which isn’t a bad thing. One of the few faults I have with Man from Space is that we never get the name of our main hero. It looks like we will have to read a few more issues to learn about his identity. I also wish that we had a chance to connect with the first batch of our hero’s friends before we met more of them. Overall though, I have to give it to Marc Jackson for creating a story with awesome illustrations that is invoked by part of the imagination often lost after childhood.

I  thoroughly enjoyed reading Man from Space it had everything I like in stories I read (robots, aliens, and sea creatures). Reading this comic made me wish that I was cuddled up in my covers with a flashlight. So if you like cute sci-fi adventure stories, check out Man from Space.

You can follow Marc Jackson on Twitter at:@itsMANFROMSPACE

Her Comics Is Back!!!

It’s been a while since the last Her Comics post and a lot has happened in a years’ time. Since our last post, DC came out with the 52’s and I fell in love with the Animal Man series. Within that year I moved back to my favorite city, Chicago, and live close to three of my favorite comic book stores. During my break from the site I got to meet some pretty awesome people, including one of my favorite creators –  Liz Prince.

I have to give a big Thank You to Jason Poland  and Dan Connor  for being awesome supporters of Her Comics. Now, Her Comics will continue to inform you about awesome comics out there while also showcasing zines and other geek-friendly on goings.

Comic Books Are For Lovers : part 2

Janes in Love

by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg


         It’s hard enough being a teenager trying to figure out who you are and how you fit in this world. The last thing you want you need is something coming along to complicate things. Usually that’s when love enters the picture. Never has there been something so complicated and great as being a teenager in love. Cecil Castellucci captures that mixed bag of emotions in Janes in Love (Minx).

Janes in Love, by Cecil Castellucci (Minx)

          In this sequel to The Plain Janes , the four Janes return and are dealing with the aftermath of an art attack that caused trouble for someone close to them.  Tensions over the art attacks are running high in the girls’ small town of Kent Water with their number one enemy Officer Sanchez leading the march. If all this wasn’t enough, Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and the girls have bitten by the love bug. P.l.a.i.n’s fearless leader isn’t letting anything stand in her group’s way of creating their community artwork as she applies for a grant from the National Foundation for the Arts.

           While The Plain Janes (Minx 2007), focused on the blossoming friendship between the girls, Janes in Love takes a look at the girls dealing with that crazy little thing called love. The subject of teens dealing with day-to-day life while falling in love has been done many times, however Cecil Castellucci makes it something I still want to read about. Castellucci doesn’t ignore the fact that teens go through a lot during those difficult high school years. Even with those added elements Castellucci still manages highlight that wonderful anxiety ridden feeling of being young and in love. Complementing Castellucci’s story, Rugg’s artwork has a crisp, clean feel to it that gives it an indie comic book look.

New This Week

Here’s your list of comics out for the week of February 9th, 2011.

Comics

Adventure Comics 523
All New Batman The Brave and the Bold 4
Amazing Spider-Man 654
Amory Wars Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth 3 8
Batgirl 18
Batman and Robin 20
Birds of Prey 9
Black Panther Man Without Fear 515
BPRD Hell on Earth Gods 2
Buck Rogers Annual 1
Captain America Korvac Saga 3
Carnage 3
Casanova Gula 2
Cinderella Fables Are Forever 1
Dark Tower Gunslinger Little Sisters Eluria 3
DC Comics Presents Green Lantern Fear Itself 1
DC Comics Presents Wonder Woman 1
DC Universe Legacies 9
Deadpool Team-Up 885
Doc Savage 11
Flash 9
Frenemy of the State 4
GI Joe A Real American Hero 163
Green Hornet 13
Green Lantern Emerald Warriors 7
Hack Slash Ongoing 1
Haunt 13
Heroes For Hire 3
Incognito Bad Influences 3
Incredible Hulks 622
Invaders Now 5
John Byrne Next Men 3
Justice League Generation Lost 19
Knight and Squire 5
Lil Depressed Boy 1
New Avengers 9
Northlanders 37
Onslaught Unleashed 1
Osborn 3
Power Man and Iron Fist 1
Punishermax 10
Rebels 25
Red Robin 20
Secret Warriors 24
Sherlock Holmes Year One 1
Spawn 202
Stan Lee Starborn 3
Star Trek Infestation 1
Superman 708
Thunder Agents 4
Thunderstrike 3
Titans 32
Transformers Ongoing 16
Ultimate Avengers Vs New Ultimates 1
Ultimate Comics Captain America 2
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man 153
Unwritten 22
Uptight 4
Walking Dead 81
Walking Dead Weekly 6
Warlord of Mars 4
Widow Maker 4
Wolverine 10000
Wolverine 5.1
X-Factor 215

Comic Books are for Lovers Week!

Will You Still Love Me If I Wet The Bed? by Liz Prince, Top Shelf Production 

       Love can be a pretty awesome thing filled with tons of super gooey romantic moments. Most which wears off after the first month and that’s when the real romance happens. Like when your partner makes fun of your dance moves that you think are super cool. It’s also when the two of you start to develop inside jokes that only the two of you find funny. Sometimes we forget how awesome those moments are but lucky for us Liz Prince captured these moments for us in her classic comic Will You Still Love Me If I Wet the Bed? (Top Shelf).

Will You Still Love Me If I Wet The Bed? by Liz Prince, Top Shelf Productions

        Will You Still Love Me, is offers up of short vignettes that bring to light the cute, gross, and enduring aspects of relationships. These are those moments that happen when we find someone that allows us to take our guard down and become exposed. Liz Prince has the ability to capture that vulnerability with humor that makes this comic such a great read. It’s pretty hard not to find something to relate to while reading, whether its Liz noticing her boyfriend crying at the end of “Elf” or Liz giving Kevin a “corn on the cob” kiss.

      When I first read this book I let how so many “aww’s” followed laughter that made my sides started to hurt, and I think those sitting around me looked at me weird; that’s why this is the perfect gift to give your partner for Valentine’s Day or any day during the year.  Will You Still Love might make readers who are single want to go out and get a boyfriend or girlfriend.

DNA Comics Grand Opening

Looking for something to do today from 11 am-4 pm? Well come up to DNA Comics on 20032 HWY 59 N, Humble, Texas, 77338 for their Grand Opening at their new location. The event will feature 50% off comic bin issues, 25% off almost everything, and free food from Chick-fil-a.

You can also get your picture taken with a Storm Trooper from the Star Wars 501st Legion, the Houston area Ghostbusters, and the Dark Knight himself, Batman!

Robbie and Bobby

I’m always on the lookout for new comics from self publishers. Not too long ago, I came across a comic entitled Robbie and Bobby by Jason Poland, a cartoonist living in Houston, Texas. What sold me on trying out this comic was Robbie a robot who is friends with a young boy named Bobby.  Robbie can best be described as quirky but lovable while best friend Bobby is seen as a self-obsessed boy that mirrors much of today’s youth.

Image curtosey of Jason Poland

The first few pages of Robbie and Bobby have slow a start but pick up fast and once it does it’s hard to put the comic down. There are so many great strips in Robbie and  Bobby; it makes it hard to pick just one as a favorite. However one that made laugh maybe just a little bit more is one in which Robbie is left heartbroken when his books are replaced by a Kindle. And most people will say “aww” when reading about a milk carton and plastic bottle in love being torn apart. Oh yeah, and Doctor Who fans: there’s something in this comic for you.

I highly recommend checking out Robbie and Bobby. Readers of Liz Prince work will definitely fall in love with Robbie and Bobby. And it’s a great comic for those new to reading comic books. If you want to read more Robbie and Bobby head over to Jason’s web site, where Jason puts up new comics daily. Those of you living in Austin, Texas you can pick up a paper copy of Robbie and Bobby at Austin Books and Comics.