We have a fantastic batch of new comics this week. #1′s include Amazing X-Men, Alex + Ada, Legends of Red Sonja, and Drumhellar. Riley Rossmo will be here Saturday so don’t miss out on getting a copy of Drumheller #1. Many anticipated issues will be here too like Superman Unchained #4, East of West #7, God is Dead #3, and Grind House #2. Don’t miss Grindhouse #2 as artist Chris Peterson will be here when it’s new on the rack.
The Sandman: Overture #1 Review
By: Rob Neil Gruszecki
A small planet drifts in orbit. The home to a sentient plant organism that relegates its species to the southern continent where it remains with limited mobility and beautiful dreams. Quorian exists in its own mind and encounters a black entity with a white face as it’s slowly swept away by flame and death.
Damian Son of Batman Review
By: Rob Neil Gruszecki
Amongst a sea of corpses laying strewn about the Gotham docks a bomb is ticking away with the face of a clown, smiling with a sick, twisted grin. After an eruption that murders the Batman, his son, Damian goes on a rampage that takes the lives of the recidivist criminal sect of his city with him. What follows is the story of a strange future world where Damian still lives but his father doesn’t, the Joker is missing and the rage of an orphaned son explodes in a curious mystery.
This is a public invite for all local artists to visit Alpha Comics on Wednesday November 20th. The challenge is to create the best cover for Harley Quinn #0. You will be given one copy of the The Harley Quinn #0 blank variant. Then at the store, use your art skills to create a cover that will make jaws drop. Bring your own supplies. There is no restriction with medium, only that the art has to be on the blank variant. Alpha Comics will be open 11am – 9pm that day and artists can visit anytime on that date to work on and submit their cover. Art must be done in the store. Each submitted cover will be scanned and uploaded to alphacomics.ca. On Thursday November 21st, entries will viewed by a panel of judges. Prizes will be awarded to the top three covers as decided by Harley Quinn co-writers Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti as well as Alpha Comics shop owner Chris Humphries.(Guest judges will not be appearing in the store, they will be sent scans of the entries to view.)
Why should you participate?
This event will showcase local art, supporting the local artist community.
Your art will be exposed to thousands of people who are paying attention to Alpha Comics on the internet, including industry pros and comic fans across North America.
Prizes include blank variants that you’ll be able to create art on and sell at conventions or online. First place winner will recieve a Copic marker set, the best markers used by industry pros.
Not familiar with the guest judges? Click the links below to learn more about them.
3rd prize - Three Harley Quinn #0 blank variants.
2nd prize – Five Harley Quinn #0 blank variants.
1st prize – Five Harley Quinn #0 blank variants. Copic Markers SP Multiliner Set
Limited copies of the Harley Quinn #0 blank variant will be ordered. Email
Alpha Comics to R.S.V.P. and secure a copy or if you have any questions.
Eclectic, expansive and prolific, Jimmy Palmiotti is a comic’s scribe, penciller, inker, screenwriter, editor and even video-game scriptwriter. Dating back to the early nineties and steadily producing quality work over at Marvel, DC, Image and more, Palmiotti is a frequently recognized name on the covers of modern comics and is always a contributor that constitutes an instant interest in readers such as myself.
Palmiotti has been a featured inker on such projects as Daredevil: Guardian Devil by Joe Quesada and Kevin Smith, as well as the co-creator of such characters as Ash and Painkiller Jane which were conceived at Event Comics, a co-venture of Quesada and Palmiotti. As a writer, his sardonic wit and wicked imagination is responsible for stories of the Punisher, Power Girl, Jonah Hex, Batwing, Deadpool, GI Combat, Gen 13, Hawkman, Superman/Supergirl/Superboy, Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters and that only names a few of his staggeringly immense resume. His frequent collaboration with writer Justin Grey has produced some of the best works in independent comics such as Random Acts of Violence and recently the short-lived Creator-owned Heroes. An attempt from the creators with Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) to display original ideas and stories, completely independant from the comics mainstream. Unfortunately the title only produced 8 issues but each was filled with incredible stories such as Triggergirl 6 with Phil Noto, Killswitch with Jerry Lando and a slew of interviews, essays, writing tips, short comics from the likes of Darwyn Cooke and extras galore that made for one of the most original, bold and dense monthly reads on the comic shelves.
Currently at home over in the New 52 camp, Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Grey continue to explore the world of Jonah Hex with All-Star Western and since its 19th issue, the world of the Batman Incorporated agent Batwing. Coming in November, Palmiotti will be joined by his wife and incredibly talented comics artist and writer, Amanda Conner, with their new ongoing, Harley Quinn. Their 0 issue will be the launching pad for one of the universe’s most beloved creations and herald the work of such artists as Darwyn Cooke, Sam Keith, Tony S. Daniel, Paul Pope, Walter Simonson, Art Baltazar as well as featuring a beautiful cover by Conner herself.
Jimmy Palmiotti is an exciting talent producing consistent quality in comics and his involvement in any project is always a sign of great things to come.
Written by By: Rob Neil Gruszecki
An instantly recognizable style, Amanda Conner has been a goliath in comics with her work as a cover artist, penciller and writer of classic characters, new inventions and exciting upcoming endeavours.
Beginning in the eighties, Amanda Conner, a graduate of the Kubert school of art, worked on stories at Marvel and Archie Comics eventually moving onto collaborations with Peter David, Richard Howell and Warren Ellis. Responsible for classic runs on Power Girl, Vampirella and featured work on characters such as Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Starman, Birds of Prey and many more, Amanda Conner continues to bring her explosive talent and smooth design and layout sense to modern independent and mainstream comics. Her work as a cover artist on the recent Movement and Green Team: Team Trillionaires titles in the New 52 have graced shelves with charming and beautiful character designs and action captures that only hints at her incredible art that has been a mainstay in the DC camp for years. Contributing to DCs Before Watchmen line of books, Amanda Conner displayed her writing chops as well as her stellar artwork alongside co-writer Darwyn Cook with the four issue mini-series, Silk Spectre. A personal favorite display of her pencil work is the Image comics one-shot The Pro with Preacher/Hellblazer writer Garth Ennis. Inked by husband and collaborator Jimmy Palmiotti, Conner explored the depraved and disgusting world of a reluctant prostitute turned superhero as she works alongside the likes of the League of Honor in defeating pathetic villains such the the Noun and the Adverb and eventually a world threatening nuclear attack. Her detailed world of a sarcastic, foul-mouthed woman is an absolute twisted joy, pumped full of cringe-worthy humour and provocative imagery.
Coming in November, Amanda Conner will be joined by creator Jimmy Palmiotti in the New 52 ongoing series of Harley Quinn, starting off with a new number 0 heralding an incredible cover by Conner herself. Co-writing alongside Palmiotti the series promises to be an inventive take on the character and an exciting avenue for the imagination of two massive talents in comics.
Written by By: Rob Neil Gruszecki
Every now and then Alpha Comics will share what are the top subscribed to comics at the store. We offer an in-store subscription service that helps us help you to make sure you get the comics you want. Compare to July to see how things have changed.
10. (3-way tie) The Wake, Bedlam, Star Wars Ongoing.
9. Uncanny Avengers
8. All-New X-Men
7. Superman Unchained
5. East of West
2. Superior Spider-Man
It’s the 5th Wednesday of the month, which usually means for a light week. A good opportunity to check out something different.
Pretty Deadly #1 Review
By: Rob Neil Gruszecki
Ginny Deathface rides on the wind. Between her fingers, a feather fallen from a vulture’s cloak, worn by young Sissy, a traveling storyteller who shares with captive audiences the tale of Death’s lover and the child of his union. With her companion and guardian, Fox, she shares in poetic prose, legends of prison towers, summonings and the end of the world, all under the sinister ambiance of a dangling noose. This all begins with the bloody murder of innocence at the hands of a frightened girl and a request to skip ahead. The story regaled is one of chase, magic, beauty and death, all told by a Bunny to a Butterfly.