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Batman Inc. Vol. 1
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The Killing Joke
Superman for Tomorrow
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Batman The Court of Owls Vol. 1
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Justice League Vol. 1
Identity Crisis
The Death of Superman
Batman The Dark Knight Strikes Again
Aug 282014
 

pop1.164617_thumbHello all and thank you again for visiting the @MeltdownComics blog!

Who here likes Justin Bieber? Rhetorical? Well if you’ve ever wished to see someone step full-bodied onto his twig and berries, you might like one of DARK HORSE COMICS’ newest titles, simply named, POP #1. It’s a pretty easy concept to understand: We’re welcomed into a world, not too far off from our own, where Pop stars are, quite literally, grown out of bio-organic tanks. If you’re a fan of the Fifth Element (and I mean let’s face it, who isn’t?) then you’ll notice a similar relationship between our female-pop-star-on-the-run/beat-white-guy paring, and our beloved Corbin/Lilu team, except maybe a sadder, less quippy Corbin. (Allah bless Bruce Willis….) The art definitely lives up to the title, playing within the concept of “pop” within comic book history, borrowing color palettes and stark, simplistic structure, reminiscent of 70′s/80′s era comics. If Curt Pires can deliver more commentary on Pop culture, taking it one step beneath the superficial, he’s got me hooked as a reader. Excellent first issue for the POP creative team!

Have you ever noticed how there’s a divide between people who openly accept the idea of the vigilante, and others who consider them insane to lead their lives in such a way? We’ve seen it often times with Batman in The Killing Joke and Court/City of Owls, then there’s also the character called Crazyman (which we still have his candybars for sale @MeltdownComics). What if there were a team of crazed vigilantes, overcoming there own psychological tendencies and habits to fight crime against organized criminals? Then we’d be talking about SUNDOWNERS #1 from, again, the peeps over at DARK HORSE COMICS. This title manages to play within the typical team-up form, yet immediately offer sympathetic characters which we can relate to. While they’re all slightly, but undeniably eccentric, we watch as the head psychiatrist figure turns their odd anecdotes into derivatives towards prognosis. It’s early on, but I smell the whiff of a punk thematic undercurrent, pretty pungent. Also, the title/cover might mislead you to think the story is about vampires, that’s just when the heroes fight crime/attend therapy. Don’t miss SUNDOWNERS!

As I’ve previously mentioned, I have an unwavering affinity for Superman. For those of you that share the same, or even those who give Supes books a try on occasion, I highly recommend this week’s issue of ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #16, subtitled: Past, Present, & Future. The self-contained, yet still episodic structure of the story, is well executed. Where many creators might attempt a similar “through-the-ages” book and brush lightly on each decade, this creative team gracefully highlights the changes Big Blue has undergone, yet tapped into the constant: his optimism within any circumstance. The book serves as a reminder that we should never stop believing in our ability to overcome, no matter how near the edge of destruction we are. (*side note: almost missed in the brief cameo by Batman, dude’s totally dual-wielding some 30′s era pistols. Oh, Bats…). Take off with ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #16!

Talk about another self-contained issue, this next might be the most polished, dense one-shot I’ve come across. Which one-shot you ask? I’m talking about JAEGIR from the creators/world of 2000 AD! This book was definitely a slow burn. At first, I thought I was going to lose interest, but that was my not being prepared for so much in one issue. Gordon Rennie pulls a slight-of-hand in the script that manages to give you almost a full war-time history, character introductions with backstory, action-sequences that move from set-piece to set-piece, and an epic conclusion that leaves you saying, “…but wait, we’re getting more of this right?” The art from Simon Colby is positively brutal. His own artistic play within past and present tense storytelling should not go unrecognized, as the parallels drawn are completely enjoyable. Well done, JAEGIR team!

Last, but not least, we have the moment we’ve been waiting for. Week to week for some time now, we’ve slowly watched as the covers of WOLVERINE have progressively destroyed that short fella’s right hand, promising, counting down the months he had to die. Well…..SPOILER ALERT……………….I’M NOT KIDDING, I’M ABOUT TO TELL YOU WHETHER HE DIES OR NOT, AND I’M GIVING YOU PLENTY OF TIME TO STOP READING/GIVING YOU ENOUGH SPACE BETWEEN THE ALERT AND THE REVEAL SO YOUR EYES DON’T ACCIDENTLY SEE IT AND THEN YOU FIND OUT HARRY WAS A HORCRUX ALL ALONG. OK….HERE WE GO…wolverine doesn’t die. Yeah, that’s pretty much how I felt to. A fantastic marketing ploy, odd payoff. Did I need to see him die? Not really, because then I would have had to then accept an odd coming-back-from-the-dead story, which are always harder to pull off then the catharsis of killing the character. I think Marvel could have gotten away with killing him off though. We don’t have another Wolverine movie or cameo coming out for a while, kill him off. Keep him dead long enough till we miss him desperately, then bring him back. It doesn’t have to be Bucky or Barry Allen level of years gone, but something. Could they kill him off next week, sure. That would be weird, but sure. This issue just felt very much ado about nothing. I’m sure, in the same regard to Taxi Driver, and both Dark Knight Rises and Breaking Bad, the fan theory that Wolverine actually did die could be teased out, as his waking up in the hospital are some of the most idyllic panels of a Wolverine book to date, but that would only hold weight with the plot points of the next issue.

It isn’t often that I take the time to touch on an issue I didn’t have a positive experience with, but take this as an invitation for the diehard Wolverine fans, who will never stop buying, to come into the store and chat with me about it, because I’m sure we’ll have words to say.

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Aug 282014
 
Comics for Kids Schedule Update: NO COMICS CLASS TODAY, August 28th-- Future Classes Going 4:00p-6:00p.  Read on for Details!

Hello, Current and potentially new Comics for Kids students! This email is just a quick announcement that class has been cancelled for this week.  I (the instructor) have been sick, and I am hoping to be back in commission next week! (Please enjoy the cheery, happy cartoon work by one of our students shown above, [...]

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Aug 272014
 
#Bitcoin on Sunset Boulevard: LA’s Meltdown Comics to Begin Selling Bitcoin Gift Cards Tonight

Bitcoin on Sunset Boulevard LA’s Meltdown Comics to Begin Selling Bitcoin August 27th, 2013 at 7pm AUGUST 27st, 2014 – Customers at Meltdown Comics and Collectibles in Los Angeles, California can get their hands on some sweet, sweet Bitcoin with the help of GogoCoin’s Bitcoin Gift Cards. GogoCoin has developed a simple product that allows [...]

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Aug 272014
 
@SuicideGirls Geekology Book Signing, Sept. 6th @ 5pm

@SuicideGirls Geekology Book Signing Saturday, September 6th at 5PM. Come say hello, buy a book and get it signed by your favorite Suicide Girl. “Geekology” is our hardcover tribute to the gorgeous geeks, naughty nerds, and captivating cosplayers that makeup Suicidegirls. This beautiful coffee table book comes stocked with hi-res nude images and detailed blurbs [...]

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Aug 182014
 
Pull Customers: This Week’s New Books & Re-stocks Posted. HOME & OFFICE DELIVERY AVAILABLE

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Aug 152014
 
This Saturday at Meltdown Comics, 2 MEGA EVENTS! 4PM: "THE SAKAI PROJECT" Signing  - 7PM: MEATBALL HEAD: AN ART GALLERY CELEBRATING OVER 20 YEARS OF SAILOR MOON

TWENTY-ONE ARTISTS GATHER FOR FUNDRAISING SIGNING OF “THE SAKAI PROJECT” BOOK Los Angeles, CA – On Saturday, August 16, twenty-two members of the cartooning community will descend upon Meltdown Comics on Sunset Boulevard to sign copies of Dark Horse Comics’ recently released book “The Sakai Project” to help raise money for the medical bills of [...]

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Aug 132014
 
A Dark Week; Titles that challenge readers to step out of the comfort zone, yet still entertain: HEXED #1, DEAD @ 17 #1, GOD IS DEAD: BOOK OF ACTS OMEGA, DARK AGES

“SHE’S SO…HEAVY.” What a heavy week, friends. When it comes time every Tuesday to cherry pick the titles that stand out above the rest, the roster of potentials starts out anywhere between 20-25 titles, then is whittled down to the chosen number for the week. This week, the publishers top books dabbled in the dark [...]

Aug 122014
 
The Sakai Project Signing! THIS SATURDAY!  21 Artist Signing!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TWENTY-ONE ARTISTS GATHER FOR FUNDRAISING SIGNING OF “THE SAKAI PROJECT” BOOK Los Angeles, CA – On Saturday, August 16, twenty-two members of the cartooning community will descend upon Meltdown Comics on Sunset Boulevard to sign copies of Dark Horse Comics’ recently released book “The Sakai Project” to help raise money for the [...]

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Aug 122014
 
Holy Nostalgia! Batman Films from the 1940's

  Capitalizing on the popularity of the Batman comics from the thirties and forties, Columbia released a 15 chapter Batman film serial in 1943. Think Buck Rogers, but featuring Batman. The serial featured actors Lewis Wilson and Douglas Croft as Batman and Robin respectively. What becomes clear watching these old films is that they provided much of [...]

Aug 062014
 
Meltdown Comics and NerdMelt present: MEATBALL HEAD: An Art Show Celebrating over 20 years of Sailor Moon

MELTDOWN COMICS & NERDIST SHOWROOM PRESENT MEATBALL HEAD: AN ART GALLERY CELEBRATING OVER 20 YEARS OF SAILOR MOON AN ART EXHIBITION PAYING TRIBUTE TO TWO DECADES OF SAILOR MOON CURATED BY NICO COLALEO, AUGUST 16TH THROUGH AUGUST 24TH AT MELTDOWN COMICS! FOR LOVE AND JUSTICE! MEATBALL HEAD IS AN ARTISTIC CELEBRATION OF THE BELOVED JAPANESE [...]

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