Wednesday, September 30, 2009

October SALE!

Coming in October:

In-stock alternate covers are BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE

Back issues in the back-issue bins are BUY TWO, GET THREE FREE

Magic: The Gathering grab bags are BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE

In-stock toys are 50% off

Holiday savings start early with Muse Monthly Sales!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Mastication Proclomation

Just reminding you AGAIN to come and pick up Chew. We've got issues 1-3 all available right now. It really is one of the most entertaining stories I've read in a long time, and I'm a lonely comic nerd who needs people to talk about it with. So come to the Muse, give Chew a gander, and crack wise with your local comic fellows.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Greek Street

I'm pretty sure a rain of lust and gore smells like Manwich sauce.
Do you like sex and violence? Sure you do. Heck, who doesn't? I know a lot of people aren't willing to admit it. They wanna seem nice, and good, and polite. But even those who choose not to express their more 'barbaric' inclinations must still be tickled by schadenfreude every time someone slips on a banana peel, or gets hit in the face with a pie, or is gruesomely decapitated. No, I don't need any evidence to back up this claim. You'll take my assertions as facts and you'll like it!

If you ever feel like giving in to those nasty desires, but would like a blanket of intellectualism to wrap yourself in as you weather the rain of lust and gore, then look no further than Greek Street. Therein shall you find a cornucopia of ancient literary allusions and metaphors to stimulate your classical tastes, or at least hopefully inspire you to further research Greek mythology. Sure, author Peter Milligan (Skin, X-Force) dresses it all up with modern day gangsters, thugs, and strippers, but you can tell your friends that you're studying contemporary interpretations of Oedipus Rex and Daedalus. Unless of course you have the kind of friends who look down on intellectual pursuits, and then you can tell them you found this rad new comic chock full of skin and fightin', but you don't know why all the characters have such goofy names.

Casual reader beware, these first two issues of Greek Street are incredibly graphic. Though their original Greek counterparts certainly weren't very tame to begin with, experiencing them visually and with such gritty detail can be a bit shocking. Though I don't want to turn anyone off, just be prepared to experience some of the *ahem* finer details of Oedipus' relationship with his mother.

Greek Street #2 just came out today, and we've got plenty of them here at Muse Comics, so swing by and pick one up. While you're at it, grab Chew. Seriously, just do it. DO IT!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Chew

♪I hear the secrets that you keep, in your sweet and tasty meat.♪

Outspoken vegetarians often argue that eating meat is cruel and barbaric. Though I can understand where they’re coming from, not even the most perfect tofu curry or fruit compote could make me drool as easily as a cheap, greasy hamburger. In spite of countless films and books teaching me about the horrors of the meat industry, I cannot resist my craving for the succulent flesh of helpless animals. But this is easy for me since, unlike Chew’s protagonist Tony Chu, I’m not cibopathic.

“Cibopathic?” you ask. “What’s that? Please teach us, oh sexy and erudite comic guy!”

Cibopathy gives Tony a special relationship with food. For instance, while eating an apple he gets images of where the apple was harvested, what tree it came from, and what its life had been like until it served its ultimate, delicious purpose. Now, imagine how this process would go if he ate a steak or some foie gras. Now that juicy burger doesn't seem so tasty, unless you also enjoy devouring pain (you jerk). This gift is what separates Tony Chu from the rest of society, and what keeps him always on the edge of starvation.

Tony doesn’t find a great deal of use for this ability either in home life or as a detective, until he eats a bowl of soup tainted by the bodily fluids of an unsanitary sous chef. Suddenly, a suspiciously tangy taste reveals to Tony the bloody, depraved life of a seemingly innocent chicken dish. Now, if that’s enough to lure you into buying this comic, please stop here. Otherwise, prepare for a hyperactive mess that will totally ruin issue #1.


This is your last chance. Past this you are subject to spoilers and (more) bad writing.





Here goes.



Holy crap he eats people and learns their secrets! He eats a dude’s face and then he’s all like, “WHOOOOOAAAA!!! I know who you aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaare!” He’s like a death metal version of Mega Man! He’s like an even metal-er version of the Highlander! He’s like Jeffrey Dahmer, except he also eats secrets!

Do you even comprehend how cool that is? Do you have any idea how many people I’d eat all the time if I were a cibopath? Lots! Lots and lots! A whole bunch! I’d have my lips removed and jaw unhinged, just so I could bulldoze people with my studious incisors!

He eats a dude’s face! HE EATS A DUDE’S FACE!

BUY THIS COMIC! Or eat someone who has.


Also, a note to vegetarians: Carrots got feelings too, yo.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

ULTIMATUM

ULTIMATUM
Throughout Manhattan, the heroes of the world continue with their day-to-day affairs. Iron Man and Captain America discuss the future of the Ultimates. Reed Richards prepares to propose to Sue Storm. Johnny Storm argues with his father. The X-Men take a walk down 42nd Street and Peter Parker and his friends take a ride on the El.
Without warning, the sky darkens and giant flashes of lightning explode across the sky. Torrential rain hammers down upon the city and within minutes, all of Manhattan is being flooded. The water levels rise so high that they engulf the first several floors of most of the city's skyscrapers. A drowning Bruce Banner transforms into the Hulk and rises above the water line where he sees one of the Watcher units growing in the middle of the street. Peter Parker changes into Spider-Man and hits the high ground, though he has no idea what he will be able to do in such a situation. Angel dives through the water and scoops up Alison Blaire who has swallowed too much water. He is too late to save her however. Franklin Storm is killed and Johnny Storm is missing in action. Iron Man grabs Captain America and takes to the sky. Yellowjacket grows to more than sixty-feet tall and tries to find his wife, Janet. Reed and Sue go to the top of the Baxter Building where Sue tries to hold the sea water back with a massive force field. The effort proves too much for her however and she collapses. Reed immediately suspects the Sub-Mariner is responsible for the flood and flies into a rage when he sees the Mariner's sea-craft floating in the water. He begins fighting Namor, but the Sub-Mariner assures him that he would never do anything that would put Susan's life at risk.
This ecological disaster is not limited to New York though. In Latveria, Victor van Damme finds that the entire area surrounding his castle is covered in snow and ice. Pedestrians are frozen solid, standing in the middle of the street.
At Xavier's Acadmey, Professor X experiences a psychic flash. He knows who is responsible for this disaster. He telepathically alerts the other X-Men and warns them that Magneto has activated his own Doomsday weapon.
Aboard his floating headquarters, Magneto seethes as he observes his handiwork. He wants revenge for the deaths of his children Wanda and Pietro, and he is determined to make sure that every man, woman and child pays the price.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Existence 2.0

This cover is the only thing keeping your grey matter from becoming red splatter.
Though I generally consider myself a patient man, I cannot stand to wade through comics without each issue having its own interesting catch. If I’m paying for single issues, I don’t see why I should have to accept filler while the writers are building up to some crazy twist or grand finale. Perhaps I’m missing the forest for the trees (or I have the attention span of a speed-addled 6 year old), but one dull issue comes and I’ll run full speed from a series, off to search for better story arcs or and wackier hijinx.

That being said, Existence 2.0 starts with the main character getting run through with a sword. But that’s ok, because he then transfers consciousness with his attacker and walks out the door in a slick new body, ready to find his killer, err, himself… whoever. This comic meets my ADD approval.

Before you complain that I’ve spoiled anything for you, keep in mind that this all happens on the first page. Yeah, page one and there’s already stabbing and body swapping. Were it my decision, I would have abandoned the cover and thrown that scene right onto the front, if only for the sake of watching the brains of passersby shoot out of their ears as their minds are literally blown.

At the center of Existence 2.0 is one Sylvester Baladine, an amoral physicist working on… stuff, secret stuff. Such stuff may involve cloning Jessica Alba, but probably has nothing to do with cryogenically freezing Gerald Ford. Seriously, not Gerald Ford. (Well yeah, maybe Gerald Ford.) This shady science doesn’t quite sit well with some folk, which leads us all back to the stabbity first page. As for the rest of issue one, I’ll not divulge any secrets, but the craziness does not slow down as terrorists, psychotic girlfriends, and a sex-crazed cat all enter the mix.

If you like cool stuff, and since you’re reading this blog I assume you do, you should definitely check out Existence 2.0. Currently only the first issue is out, with number two set to hit shelves August 5th. Though it’s hard to say just where the following issues will lead, I’m certain once you start reading you won’t be spending any time waiting for the good part to come.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Wednesday Comics


At a time when newspapers are dwindling in numbers, DC redoes the weekly newspaper adventure strip for a new generation with Wednesday Comics. The weekly comic features 16 single page comic stories featuring different heroes, told in cliffhanger style.

Wednesday Comics is truely an experience. As you fold out the tabloid-size pages you can smell the newsprint. And yet the paper and printing are high quality, creating a unique aesthetic experience.

DC has gathered top names to make this 12-part series a success. Azzarello and Risso (of the recently concluded 100 Bullets) return to Batman, father and son Kuberts team up for Sgt. Rock, and Neil Gaiman and Mike Allred tackle Metamorpho. And that's just the start.

Each strip is handled in a different way, but they all emit a retro vibe, which contributes to the reincarnation of the adventure strip. The Flash's page is split into two separate strips: "The Flash" and "Iris West," each focusing on the two character's perspectives of similar events. Paul Pope's "Strange Adventures" is excellent trippy sci-fi nonsense at its best.

I could go on about each strip, or you could (should) just pick up a copy and find out for yourself. I'm excited to see DC playing with the comics print format in such a new yet familiar way.

See DC's solicitation info here.