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The Ogre's Staff Picks (01/24/2018)

We apologize for the few weeks of no Staff Picks! But let's get right on in. Here are this week's Ogre Staff Picks..

Gib's Pick

Port of Earth TP

Gib's Pick

Port of Earth continues the last few year’s wealth of great science fiction comics.  Aliens come to Earth, and they want to build a gas station here.  No invasion, no obliteration, just a gas station.  So the Earth gets new energy technology, and the aliens get access to a small area to refuel their ships and are banned from wandering the planet.  Zack Kaplan (Eclipse) then asks all the best questions about the new state of the world.  Who is actually in charge of Earth now?   What repercussions do aliens have to deal when they do leave the port and who do they answer to?  How does the new energy technology affect the world economy?  The first issue follows two members of the Earth Security Agency, tasked with protecting humans and aliens from each other, as they go about their day.  There are three issues so far, and each one has brought more knowledge of this new world, and more questions about what is really going on.  This book is a great read and getting better!

 

The Trade Paperback (collecting issues 1-4) hits shelves on March 14th. We are taking pre-orders now!

 
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The Odyssey adapted by Seymour Chwast

Lauren's Pick

Legendary designer/illustrator and co-founder of Push Pin Studios Seymour Chwast takes on another classic with this graphic novelization of Homer’s Odyssey. Though it's a story that many cartoonists have spun, Chwast's interpretation is striking in both its visual irreverence and its narrative faithfulness to the source material. Ships become rockets and the Trojan horse is a giant robot, but the text of the story itself would pass muster at least as a Spark Notes version of the original epic poem (with maybe slightly less passages about how Odysseus is the manliest man to ever man, sorry if that's what you're after). Chwast brings the Odyssey to life and revels in its idiosyncrasies! I like it a lot and so will you if you're cool.

 
Mike's Pick

Squadron Supreme TP

Mike's Pick

Most superhero comic fans will point to Watchmen and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns as being the most influential books of the last thirty or so years.  Seemingly overlooked is the late, great Mark Gruenwald’s Squadron Supreme, which beat both of these admittedly great series to the stands by about a year.  Gruenwald (who also co-wrote the original Marvel Super Heroes Contest of Champions and co created the fan favorite Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe) took Marvel’s Justice League analogs and explored the notion of imperfect superheroes trying to use their powers to create a utopia.  Aided by a handful of artists and freed from the constraints of maintaining intellectual properties’ status quo, Gruenwald penned an emotionally resonant, thoughtful, and action packed tale that feels sincere and never cynical.  I dare you to read this philosophically complex sci fi romp and not recognize its echoes in Kingdom Come, The Authority, and Civil War.  Ahead of its time and underappreciated, Squadron Supreme deserves a look from any superhero fan yet to discover its many treasures.  As a little aside for you collector types, Gruenwald requested that his ashes be mixed in with a comic book, and his widow knew how he felt about this series, so the ink used on the first print of the 1997 TPB contains a bit of the much loved creator.  Pretty cool, huh?

 

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The Ogre's Staff Picks (12/20/2017)

Tomorrow is the last day. THE LAST RETAIL DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS!!! Let us help you cross off those very last items on your Holiday Lists! We even have an extra Staff Pick 

Mike's Pick

Wolverine: Weapon X TP

Mike's Pick

Looking for a definitive Wolverine story that’s not the Claremont/Miller mini or Old Man Logan?  For my money, Barry Windsor Smith’s Wolverine: Weapon X (originally serialized in the fan favorite weekly anthology series, Marvel Comics Presents) should be held in the same regard.  Chronicling how Logan came to be infused with the unbreakable metal, Adamantium, BWS’s story unfolds from the point of view of the scientists, administrators, and soldiers tasked with creating an unstoppable killing machine.  If you squint hard enough, it almost reads as a horror story with Logan cast in the role of a sympathetic monster.  Though it explores an element of his origin, it still leaves enough mystery to not diminish the character, as later explorations of the runt’s backstory unfortunately did.  As great as the somewhat unconventional story is, the art is even better.  BWS doesn’t seem to get as much attention as some of the other greats of the medium and that’s a crime.  Detailed, fluid, and beautiful, you’ll find yourself lingering on the weird machinery and mangled bodies that populate many of the claustrophobic panels.  This is clearly a book that deserves more recognition.  Pick it up today and I think you’ll enjoy this concise and satisfying read.

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The Ogre's Staff Picks (07/05/2017)

A new week, a new set of picks! So let's get our Ogre Staff Picks on!

Secret Creatures #1

Sacred Creatures #1

Gib's Pick

Josh Miller's life seems to be going well, until he's singled out by a dysfunctional and supernaturally powered family.  One event after another, orchestrated meticulously by the mysterious siblings push Josh down a dark road.  The anxiety and helplessness of the main character are perfectly conveyed through the narrative.  The somber colors and solid art lend to that feel.  The first issue, created by Pablo Raimondi (Writer/Artist) and Klaus Janson (Writer), is a large chunk of story, and a very satisfying read.

Snotgirl Vol 1

Snotgirl Vol 1

Lauren's Pick

Lottie Person is living a blogger’s dream. Brands send her beautiful clothes, strangers recognize her on the street, and she has an unpaid intern to answer all of her e-mails. But all is not as it seems, beneath the glossy, make-up defined surface of her world, Lottie conceals a secret. Issue 6 (out this week) begins the second story arc of this mysterious new series from Scott Pilgrim writer Bryan Lee O’Malley and artist Leslie Hung.

Warlock by Jim Starlin TP: The Complete Collection

Warlock by Jim Starlin: The Complete Collection

Michael's Pick

Have you already read The Infinity Gauntlet?  Interested in reading some of the classic cosmic story lines that lead up to it?  The legendary Jim Starlin began planting seeds for what would eventually become the Infinity/Thanos story lines all the way back in the late '60s in his runs on Iron Man and Captain Marvel (available in The Life and Death of Captain Marvel collection).  In the '90s, prior to The Infinity Gauntlet miniseries, he returned Thanos to prominence in his run on The Silver Surfer (collected in part in Silver Surfer: Rebirth of Thanos).  However, my favorite of Starlin's cosmic stories has to be his Adam Warlock run, collected in Warlock by Jim Starlin: The Complete Collection.  Angsty, introspective, psychedelic, and action packed, Warlock is the '70s equivalent of a Grant Morrison superhero comic.  Featuring plenty of Thanos, it also has the first appearances of Pip the Troll and Gamora.  The now classic two-parter that completes the volume has the Avengers, Captain Marvel, Spidey, and the Thing.  Ambitious in its heady scope and absolutely beautiful to look at, Warlock by Jim Starlin: The Complete Collection delivers a sizable and satisfying slice of pre-Infinity Gauntley sci-fi.  Marvel has been mining Starlin's stories for the movies and yet Starlin remains under appreciated by today's comic fans.  Let's rectify that.  Check out Warlock, you won't be disappointed.

 
Descender Vol 1

Descender Vol 1

Trish's Pick

In a distant universe, robots have been outlawed by all other species after planet-sized robots called Harvesters appear from seemingly out of nowhere and rampage through the galaxy. Although feared by most, a companion bot with the appearance and mentality of a 10-year-old boy named TIM-21 may hold the secret of the Harvesters. A race to be the first to unlock information he contains commences. Brought to life by fan-favorite Jeff Lemire's words and Dustin Nguyen's gorgeous water-colored interiors, this vast sci-fi adventure will keep you pinned to each page.

Paper Girls Vol 1

Paper Girls Vol 1

Sarah's Pick

From writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Cliff Chiang, in late 80's Cleveland, four young girls are on their paper routes in the early hours, following Halloween night, when the apocalypse seemingly strikes their hometown. Join them in their search to uncover the truth of this mysterious event. Is it aliens? Time travel? WHO KNOWS. Pick it up to find out!

*Paper Girls is written for a mature audience. There is a considerable amount of language, mostly used by the young girls. However, I find that this adds to the charm and realness of their characters. They're 12 but they'll mess you up. 

That is all for this week but next week's post is only a few days away! Check back every week to hear all about new and exciting titles!

The Ogre's Staff Picks (06/28/2017)

Do you need something new to read? Do not fret! Let us direct you. Here are the Ogre's Staff Picks.

Lazarus Vol 1

Gib's Pick

Forever Carlyle is a Lazarus.  A person who has been engineered to heal from almost any damage, up to and including death itself.  Her "family" is one of a few families that control the planet.  She is the general of their military forces, their assassin and enforcer, and an overall fascinating character.  Her struggle to do the right thing while obeying her family is central to the story.  Lazarus is equal parts political thriller and action movie, with a healthy dose of political commentary.  Lazarus is one of my favorite comics.

SAM ZABEL AND THE MAGIC PEN

SAM ZABEL AND THE MAGIC PEN HC

Lauren's Pick

A superhero cartoonist struggles to find his own artistic voice in this graphic novel by Dylan Horrocks. When Sam Zabel discovers a pen that creates new realities with every comic it is used to draw, he's pulled into a surreal world. Using this compelling story, Horrocks explores the morality of storytelling.

Unstoppable Wasp #1

The Unstoppable Wasp #1

Sarah's Pick

Unstoppable Wasp by writer Jeremy Whitley and artist Elsa Charretier: Nadia Pym has come to America fresh from being trained as an assassin in the Red Room. After a day with Ms. Marvel and Mockingbird, Nadia has decided to gather up the brightest young women around to form G.I.R.L.: Genius In action Research Labs. Each single issue ends with interviews with real life female scientists and the kinds of things that inspired them to go into the STEM fields. 

The Unstoppable Wasp #1 is available now in it's second printing. Or come in today and Pre-Order the The Unstoppable Wasp Vol 1. It will collect Issues #1-4 and All-New, All-Different Avengers #14. It will be on on store shelves August 30th!

Terror Assaulter: One Man War on Terror

Terror Assaulter: One Man War on Terror

Mike's Pick

Drenched in irony and overflowing with violence, action, hilarity, and more violence, Ben Marra's TERROR ASSAULTER: ONE MAN WAR ON TERROR is made for those looking for envelope pushing indy genre fare. Marra's deceptively stilted style belies a masterful grasp of pacing. He skewers and celebrates his influences while never forgetting to entertain. This book is not for the faint of heart and has remained one of my favorite works released within the last few years.

**Note: Please be aware that Terror Assaulter: OMWOT is written for a Mature Audience. If you ever have any questions on content, violence and/or sexual content, please feel free to message us or ask while you are in the store.

That is all for this week but there will be more! So much more! Check back weekly for even more Ogre Staff Picks!