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Justice League Vol. 1 Midtown Comics Signing

Justice League Volume 1 Hardcover Signed by Geoff Johns & Jim Lee

I picked this up a while back from Midtown Comics website.  They usually have a couple in-house signings per month so it’s always a good idea to check in when you can.  The top picture is my copy and the rest are from Midtown Comics Facebook page taken by their staff. 

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ComicMount – Tabletop/Shelf Display Review

ComicMount – Tabletop/Shelf Display Review

I purchased 5 of the ComicMount products from 1 of the 3 sellers on eBay and received them pretty quickly.  I wanted to share my thoughts on the product concerning tabletop/shelf display and wall mounting.  This review and pictures concern the tabletop and/or shelf style display of your comics.

To start out I used 2 types of comic book holders for reference in this review.  The first is one of the most common CGC style acrylic case and then the other not so common but still very awesome was the BCW Deluxe Comic Book UV Protected Display case.

CGC/PGX Acrylic Case

The CGC case performed well and looked great.  Sliding the stand around was very easy since the CGC case is very light in weight.  You just need to be careful not to yank the stand or the flimsy piece of cardboard that spreads the 2 pieces of plastic apart will fall out and you’ll need to reinsert. The width of the CGC case also averted any tipping the may happen by accident.  So overall a very good solution for displaying CGC or PGX style acrylic cases.

BCW Deluxe Comic Book UV Display Case

The BCW deluxe display case is by far much heavier and I can already tell you that it will not work in a wall mounting unless something is done to beef up the back screws that hold the 2 pieces of plastic together.  I plan on experimenting with that very scenario and will include that in a future review.  So we are just left with the Tabletop and/or shelf display and yes it does work with the heavy BCW case.

There are some caveats to the “works well” part of my explanation.  The flimsy piece of cardboard that keeps the 2 pieces of plastic spread apart in order for the comic stand to function is by far the Achilles heel of the product.  I really wish they had made this insert out of thick plastic like the rest of the product.  I also wish they had some how made this hypothetical plastic style insert slide in a fixed groove so as to keep this piece from simply falling out when pulled, such as sliding the comic case and stand to another side of the table.

Final Thoughts

Overall I think this is a wonderful product that I intend to keep my eye on.  I will definitely look into beefing up the flimsy piece of cardboard and see if that helps with the overall stability.  If you’d like to share some of your examples I’ve enabled this post for picture replies so don’t hesitate to send some my way.

ComicMount – Should I Test?

therapyincomics:

ComicMount

I’ve just discovered a new product that hasn’t been out too long and I’m wondering if anyone out there has any examples of this out there they could share with me and others.  I’m talking CGC/PGX wall mounted pictures, 3rd party cases using the mounting product, or just regular table top display examples.  I’m thinking of picking up some for my own collection so show me your collection using ComicMount!

If you are unable to locate stores with adequate inventory to purchase from then head over to ComicMount’s store front on eBay.  There pricing seems to be very competitive with other mounting systems currently out there.  You can also visit there Facebook site by clicking the above picture.

http://stores.ebay.com/ComicMount

I just picked up 5 today off of eBay to test out.  I’ll be sure to post my thoughts as I have a few scenarios I’d like to put this product through as I quest for the perfect universal comic book mounting and display system…I love comics…

Comic Reading Order: Green Lantern – Light’s Out (DC Event)

The (Green Lantern) Light’s Out Reading Order:

I’m a big Green Lantern fan and wanted to list the reading order for some of the recent events that have taken place and here is another one.  Also attached some of the covers I liked, enjoy! – List reference by “The Superheroes List

  1. Green Lantern Vol 5 #24 Regular Billy Tan
  2. Green Lantern Corps Vol 3 #24 Regular JG Jones
  3. Green Lantern New Guardians #24 Regular Rafael Albuquerque
  4. Red Lanterns #24 Regular Stephen Segovia
  5. Green Lantern Vol 5 Annual #2

Comic Reading Order: Green Lantern – The Wrath of the First Lantern (DC Event)

The Wrath of The First Lantern Reading Order:

I’m a big Green Lantern fan and wanted to list the reading order for some of the recent events, so here is another.  Also attached some of the covers I liked, enjoy! – List reference by “The Superheroes List

  1. Green Lantern Vol 5 #17 Regular Doug Mahnke
  2. Green Lantern Corps Vol 3 #17 Regular Andy Kubert
  3. Green Lantern New Guardians #17 Regular Aaron Kuder
  4. Red Lanterns #17 Regular Miguel Sepulveda
  5. Green Lantern Vol 5 #18 Regular Gary Frank
  6. Green Lantern Corps Vol 3 #18 Regular Juan Jose Ryp
  7. Green Lantern New Guardians #18 Regular Aaron Kuder
  8. Red Lanterns #18 Regular Miguel Sepulveda
  9. Green Lantern Vol 5 #19 Regular Gary Frank
  10. Green Lantern Corps Vol 3 #19 Regular Andy Kubert
  11. Green Lantern New Guardians #19 Regular Aaron Kuder
  12. Red Lanterns #19 Regular Miguel Sepulveda
  13. Green Lantern Vol 5 #20 Regular Doug Mahnke
  14. Green Lantern Corps Vol 3 #20 Regular Andy Kubert
  15. Red Lanterns #20 Regular Miguel Sepulveda
  16. Green Lantern New Guardians #20 Regular Aaron Kuder

Comic Reading Order: Green Lantern – Rise of the Third Army (DC Event)

The Rise of The Third Army Reading Order:

I’m a big Green Lantern fan and wanted to list the reading order for some of the recent events that have taken place.  Also attached some of the covers I liked, enjoy! – List reference by “The Superheroes List

  1. Green Lantern Vol 5 Annual #1
  2. [OPTIONAL] Green Lantern New Guardians #0 Regular Guillem March
  3. [OPTIONAL] Green Lantern Vol 5 #0 Regular Doug Mahnke
  4. Green Lantern Vol 5 #13 Regular Ivan Reis
  5. Green Lantern New Guardians #13 Regular Ivan Reis
  6. Green Lantern Corps Vol 3 #13 Regular Ivan Reis
  7. Red Lanterns #13 Regular Ivan Reis
  8. Green Lantern Vol 5 #14 Regular Doug Mahnke
  9. Red Lanterns #14 Regular Miguel Sepulveda
  10. Green Lantern Corps Vol 3 #14 Regular Scott Clark
  11. Green Lantern New Guardians #14 Regular Aaron Kuder
  12. Green Lantern Corps Vol 3 #15 Regular Trevor McCarthy
  13. Green Lantern Vol 5 #15 Regular Doug Mahnke
  14. Green Lantern New Guardians #15 Regular Aaron Kuder
  15. [OPTIONAL] Green Lantern New Guardians Annual #1
  16. Green Lantern New Guardians #16 Regular Aaron Kuder
  17. Red Lanterns #15 Regular Miguel Sepulveda
  18. Green Lantern Vol 5 #16 Regular Doug Mahnke
  19. Green Lantern Corps Vol 3 #16 Regular Cafu
  20. Red Lanterns #16 Regular Miguel Sepulveda
  21. Green Lantern Corps Vol 3 Annual #1

Comic Cover Art: Hal vs. Sinestro (DC)

To go along with my review of Cullen Bunn’s new series Sinestro I wanted to share some past dc covers of the duo Hal and Sinestro.  My favorite though is of Sinestro seemingly defeating Hal saying “Your women, green lantern, are now mine — and we’ll all gladly watch you die! Ha Ha Ha!”.  Come on Hal, now all your base are belong to us!

Comic Review: Sinestro #1 by Cullen Bunn (DC)

Published by DC, April 2014
Story: Cullen Bunn
Art: Dale Eaglesham
Colors: Jason Wright
Letterer: Dezi Sienty
Covers By: Dale Eaglesham & Doug Mahnke

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Synopsis:  If you have been following Sinestro’s magical journey through the many Green Lantern events DC has enacted prior to the New 52 and during as I have then I hope can agree with me that it’s been fun reading the series he’s been featured in.  Although the antagonist to the great Hal Jordan I think he’s morphed over the years into a somewhat headstrong good guy with bad tendencies and uncontrollable urges to fix things his way.  This is consistently demonstrated throughout many of the Green Lantern events such as Sinestro’s Corps War to Blackest Night.  Even more recent events like the Rise of the Third Army and Wrath of the First Lantern.

Most recently for example, Sinestro demands to meet the first lantern in the Wrath of the First Lantern event and gets more than he bargains for.  Sinestro seems to have a knack for placing himself in dire predicaments, alone, blinded by arrogance; not the best tactic. Even Hal as a black lantern told him what he still could not see for himself, “… Korugar was destroyed because you tried to do this alone.”  Facing the first lantern as just another lantern, hurting him, thinks he has won.  Little did he know that the fear he instilled in his own people over the years would ultimately be their downfall, Sinestro included.  The sheer fact that it’s not necessarily always about him thus losing the one thing he truly wanted to protect, his people, his home, Korugar.  Taking that a step further and after losing everything he with Parallax, still failing to see the fact that he’s already lost.

Even though he kills most of the guardians before notifying Hal of his actions I can still find an excuse for him.  They deserved to die, there time has passed.  I love the thought that after the defeat of the first lantern Hal asks, “Were we ever truly friends?” and Sinestro replys “That’s the tragedy of all of this, Jordan. Hal. We’ll always be friends.”  Your heart bleeds knowing that at some level Sinestro is and always will be a good guy, regardless of his troubled past and actions.  Furthermore with the closing of the Wrath of the First Lantern event we learn that Sinestro is actually the Green Lantern cloaked reading the story to the young green lantern beside him, that he spared Ganthet’s life and secured Sayd from Larfleeze in order for them to be together.  He humbly explains to the young lantern that “This is about Hal Jordan, the greatest of the Green Lanterns.”  The greatest? Sinestro has changed and changed for the better.

For the review of this new series, we are start our story in the presence of Sinestro meditating, his self-narration concerning past and present enlightens us on his journey and that he is utterly alone.  However his long self-imposed exile is interrupted by Lyssa Drak where she describes how Arkilllo has taken charge of the Corps and “… gifted them like party favors to anyone who will swear allegiance to him.” He learns of a new enemy slowing rising to power and growing in numbers.  However something else that strikes a chord reactivating his dormant ring, fear detected?  I think so and after a quick power up from an oddly source we begin our journey to find the source of what ails Sinestro and the fear that ultimately drives him.

Panel/Layout: There’s one good redeeming thing DC seems to have going for it is the fact that the use of colors are always richly done.  As long as you can ignore the cheap and somewhat wavy paper DC uses, then you’ll be just fine.  Dale Eaglesham does a wonderful job bringing the story alive for the reader.

Verdict: Cullen Bunn has done a great job plucking Sinestro out of his self-imposed exile and inserting him back into his rightful place as a Yellow Lantern with a purpose again.  I’m definitely excited about where Mr. Bunn could possibly take our lead character and I’m expecting nothing but the best ride possible. 

Rating: 4/5

Office Site: Sinestro
Comicosity Interview: Cullen Bunn

If you want to learn more about Sinestro, his troubled past, internal conflicts, and is overall imprint in DC’s universe then here are a couple of links that can point you in that direction.

Reference: Comic Vine
Reference: Wikipedia