Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:13:08 +0000 en hourly 1 70850538 Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #1 Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:28:58 +0000 Written by Gerard Way and Jon Rivera
Art by Michael Avon Oeming
Published by Young Animal, an imprint of DC Comics
Jason at the Chapel Hill location is a happy man today. He’s a big Cave Carson fan. I know this because when I asked, “Who the heck is this?” his eyes lit up, and he raved about this adventure geologist who went on underground explorations around the same time as the Challengers Of The Unknown. A DC legend, he’s rarely shown up in the past decades, and then usually in the background of science scenes. But this week, Gerard Way’s new DC imprint brings him back. And he’s a wicked cybernetic eye.
The story is much more straightforward than Gerard Way’s recent Doom Patrol relaunch: Cave is a geologist mourning the death of his wife, trying to reconnect to his college-age daughter, trying to stay relevant with the latest version of his company, trying to figure out what’s going on with this mysterious technological eye. Plenty of mystery surrounds the action, including a variety of characters I’m not sure I should recognize, but it serves a purpose of ramping the tension of Cave’s story without derailing things. A brief visit to Doc Magnus and the Metal Men is a daffy delight, reined in to the “Joss Whedon episode” level of wacky rather than “experimental art thing your roommate dragged you to.” And Michael Avon Oeming, an artist whose thick lines and beautiful figure exaggerations wow us on Powers, is deftly balancing the real world funeral scenes with the slightly absurd action-geology and the climactic monster attack.
This is a fun book, the best Young Animal has put out yet. Pick up a copy, and then in a month, make sure you’re at North Carolina Comicon, where Gerard Way and his team will be running down everything about the entire new imprint for us. See you there!
-MATT CONNER for Ultimate Comics
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The Lost Boys #1 Thu, 13 Oct 2016 16:31:54 +0000 The Lost Boys #1
Written by Tim Seeley
Art by Scott Godlewski
Published by DC Comics, Vertigo imprint
It’s October, and it’s time to spend your nights watching your favorite scary movies! I’m betting 1987’s The Lost Boys is pretty high on your list, and so is DC. Whether or not you follow your movie with the direct-to-video sequels (The Tribe and The Thirst), you’re going to love what Tim Seeley has in store for this comic book sequel to the bloodthirsty teens of Santa Carla.
Life is back to normal in the seaside California town. Sam is selling comics at the Frog Brothers’ store while his brother, Michael, helps at a retirement home between dates with Star. Grandpa runs the local chapter of vampire hunters, but the meetings are mostly excuses to go for a beer these days. But tonight, an old enemy brings a new gang of bloodsuckers to town, and Santa Carla’s going up in flames.
This comic is a terrific read, setting the stage for a spooky vampire story that’s accessible for new readers but dripping with loving homage for the movie’s fans. The art is clean, very much like Rebekah Isaac’s work on Buffy, and the actors are recognizable. There’s plenty of blood but a tasteful restraint from gore.
Happy October, everyone. Come on by any of the Ultimate Comics locations, especially the new North Raleigh site, and pick a little something up to feed that craving. And if you act quickly, you can get one of the variant covers with that purple-leather-pants saxophonist we all love so much…
-MATT CONNER for Ultimate Comics
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Midnighter & Appollo #1 Wed, 05 Oct 2016 21:01:49 +0000 Written by Steve Orlando
Art by Fernando Blanco
Published by DC Comics

Midnighter is this amazing, hyperviolent Batman character who has a computer brain that tells him how to kill people. That sounds ridiculous and one-note, I know. And DC has plenty of disturbing extremes of violence. But hear me out. Midnighter is actually richly textured, with humor and tragedy and fear. And he’s gay.

Steve Orlando has been writing Midnighter’s amazing solo book in the New 52, and the character has had this terrific open sexuality, hooking up and flirting and punching out bad guys. But the absence of his boyfriend, Superman analogue Apollo, has been looming over the series, and in this new miniseries, Orlando gets to show what he can do with a great gay romance.

This week, the guys stop some pirates and save some kids, then have some friends over for dinner and talk about their views on the necessity of violence. In the background, wicked Dr. Bendix enacts a vengeful plan against the black-leather antihero. And yes, Apollo and Midnighter have a two-page sex scene – for those of you who might be put off by that, there’s no nudity or explicit language; for the rest of us, it’s really, really hot.

So here we have an issue of a comic book combining fight scenes and domestic happiness. It’s amazing, it’s exciting, it’s normal, it’s like every love story and it’s unlike every love story. It’s about being gay, and it’s also not just about that. It’s a book that could not have launched without years of increasing diversity in mainstream comics, and it’s going to make it easier for future books to really represent the breadth of who people are. You are going to love it. When you come to Ultimate Comics to check out the new North Raleigh store or pick up your Comicon tickets (which are selling out fast), give this one a try.

MATT CONNER for Ultimate Comics

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Josie and the Pussycats #1 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:09:02 +0000 Written by Marguerite Bennett and Cameron Deodio
Art by Audrey Mok
Published by Archie Comics

I read Archie comics as a kid, and five years ago, I would have rolled my eyes at the thought that anyone was still enjoying this simplistic Americana. Then Archie and Val from the Pussycats had an interracial love story, which opened the doors for new gay teen Kevin Keller. Which brought in grownup readers and supported the masterpiece horror story, Afterlife With Archie. Which translated to the supremely scary Chilling Tales Of Sabrina, the reinvention of Archie as a smart comedy, the tightly creative Jughead, and now this modern take on Archie’s favorite band.

Bennett and Deodio take readers to the beginning this issue, following Josie as she puts together a band with her best friend, Melody, and their new friend, Val. Josie has to learn to drop the ego and work as a band in time to play a set at a concert benefitting, of course, animal rescue. Longtime rival Alexandra is making trouble, and supercute Alan M is waiting in the wings, but the bulk of the book is about the rich characterization of the three bandmates.

This comic works perfectly. It’s a treat for longtime fans of the comic, the cartoon, or the underappreciated 2001 movie version. It also stands alone, even from the other Archie books. The jokes are fast and effective, with new ways to skewer hipster culture, and each woman has a distinct voice. Melody steals every scene with her delightful combination of innocence and savvy, and it’s worth noting that she has both men and women on her phone’s dating app screen. Archie comics has moved sexual diversity to the fore, and having Melody has a bisexual woman without making it melodrama draws positive ties to the spiritual sister book, Jem And The Holograms.

I love this book. I am shocked at how many of my favorite books this year are Archie Comics titles. Even if you’re not reading any of the others, this is an issue to pick up. Then talk to the staff at Ultimate Comics to get it on your pull list, so you can enjoy it every month.

-MATT CONNER for Ultimate Comics

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Seven To Eternity Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:02:32 +0000 Written by Rick Remender
Art by Jerome Opena
Colors by Matt Hollingsworth
Published by Image Comics

Rick Remender teams up this week with a couple of old friends, Jerome Opena from Uncanny X-Force and Matt Hollingsworth from Fear Agent. Together, they build a fantasy world bleeding with dark horror and challenge our obedience to fear.

The Osidis family live an honorable life in exile from the lands of the Mud King. The King, also called the God Of Whispers, controls vast and terrible magic, but the most important power he has is to manipulate minds. Instead of raising an army, he makes his enemies kill each other and themselves. Zebediah Osidis is the only man to refuse to submit to him. The story picks up when the Mud King’s monstrous forces finally find Zeb’s family and force son Adam into an impossible decision to save the lives of the few survivors.

The story is dark and beautiful, and the art makes it even better. Opena’s concept is a fantasy world blended with Wild West and outer space elements, with magic that flows in curls and waves but kills despite its beauty. Hollingsworth places careful glows around the magic, making even mundane colors like red and blue into scary distortions.

Come on down to Ultimate Comics and check this out, and if you like it, look for trades like Uncanny X-Force and Fear Agent at the big opening of Ultimate Comics in North Raleigh October 1st!

– MATT CONNER for Ultimate Comics

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Ultimate Comics Raleigh Grand Opening Oct 1st Mon, 19 Sep 2016 19:07:57 +0000 After more than thirteen years as the Triangle’s premier source to fuel your comic book addiction, retailer Ultimate Comics will open the doors at its first ever Raleigh location on Saturday, October 1st. Fans are invited out to celebrate the milestone at the store’s Grand Opening, where they can get free comics, listen to live music, and meet some of the industry’s top writers and artists who will be on hand to do sketches and sign autographs.

The store is the latest addition to the Ultimate family of comic shops, which includes other locations in Durham and Cary, and owner Alan Gill says it’s an opportunity to bring the company’s community-focused approach to the Capital City.

“For us it’s not just about selling books,” says Gill, whose success with Ultimate has spawned both the Durham-based North Carolina Comicon and Raleigh’s Oak City Comicon. “It’s about being a place where fans of all ages and interests can come together to celebrate what they love. That’s what’s driven Ultimate all these years, and it’s what we’re really excited to bring to the comic and pop-culture loving community in Raleigh.”

The Grand Opening kicks off at 10am, when fans are encouraged to come in costume for a chance to win two weekend passes to this year’s North Carolina Comicon. More information can be found at

Ultimate Comics Raleigh Grand Opening!
6320 Capital Blvd #109
Raleigh NC 27616

Massive grand opening party!
October 1st, 2016 from 10am

Free graphic novel for the first 250 attendees
Free cake and drink!
Signings by comic books pros including:
Tommy Lee Edwards
Daniel Way
Jeremy Whitley
Rich Case
Chris Sims
McKinney Loggins

Cosplay Photography by TJ Carr
Come dressed as your favorite character for a chance to win two weekend passes to this year’s NC Comicon

Music by members of rock legend: Jack the Radio!

Media Contact:
Cliff Bumgardner



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DOOM PATROL #1 Thu, 15 Sep 2016 13:08:53 +0000 Written by Gerard Way
Art by Nick Derington
Published by DC Comics (Young Animal imprint)

I have it on good authority (from Gothic Harry Potter fanfiction) that Gerard Way is “a major hottie.” And I have personal experience that his Umbrella Academy series prove him to be a daring creator, blending elements of the fringe into something consistently entertaining, if not always easy to follow on the first read. And I know for a fact that he is headlining this November’s North Carolina Comicon.

This week sees the first book from his new DC imprint, Young Animal, a collection of books aimed to enhance the stranger aspects of the DC universe. It’s fitting that he goes first, giving us his interpretation of notable DC weirdos, the Doom Patrol.

I have read this issue a couple of times, and a plot summary won’t really explain the book, but I’ll try: Casey Brinke is the best ambulance driver in town. She and her partner take a break from spiritual philosophy to respond to a hit and run. Instead of a human, they find a battered robot that Casey takes home, setting a chain of events including a violent change of roommates, a tiny universe inside a half-eaten gyro, and an interdimensional business meeting to market a new kind of meat.

It’s strange, but it’s compelling, and just like Umbrella Academy stories make for great trade paperbacks, I am sure that Doom Patrol will have a sixth issue that completely changes the way we read this opening chapter. Grab a copy to get signed when Gerard and his Young Animal team come to town in two months, and keep an eye out for Durham’s own Tommy Lee Edwards on Young Animal’s Mother Panic series November 9!

-MATT CONNER for Ultimate Comics

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Glitterbomb #1 Wed, 07 Sep 2016 16:46:05 +0000 Story by Jim Zub
Art by Djibril Morissette-Phan
Colors by K Michael Russell
Published by Image Comics

I think it is weird that a comics company has developed the technology to reach into my brain and find what I like and put it all into a comic book, but that must be what happened at Image this week. Glitterbomb is my new favorite book. And it’s probably going to be yours.

Farrah is an actress past her prime, crawling her way through disappointing auditions and sleazy meetings with misogynist agents. At the end of her rope, she walks dramatically into the ocean, but instead of her own death, she meets something far more strange. Now infected with an Eldritch horror, she’s going to tear Hollywood down to a pile of smoking rubble.

Even without the scary parts, this was going to be an amazing book. The gritty realities of the film industry have usually made for great entertainment, from All About Eve and Singing In The Rain to The LA Complex and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. We can’t get enough about how hard it is to make it to the stories that shape us, feeding our schadenfraude and our ambition at the same time. “Oh, that would be awful, that would be miserable – but I could do it.” Jim Zub’s plotting and dialogue give this experience to rich and real characters, but there’s even more. The back of the issue has an essay from a production coordinator about the abuses she suffered on an independent film set. This would have made an amazing essay on Jezebel and is even better when matched to a supernatural horror book.

I can’t praise artist Djibril Morissette-Phan highly enough. His linework sells the horror like no one since Sean Murphy on the sublimely creepy Scott Snyder series, The Wake. It’s even more impactful when matched to the beautiful realism of Farrah’s everyday settings, like Joelle Jones’s suburban story, Lady Killer. And the page layout when Farrah meets her monster? Following panel to panel feels like drowning, and I mean that in the best way.

So come down to Ultimate Comics and get ready to fall in love with Glitterbomb. And don’t go in the water.

-MATT CONNER for Ultimate Comics

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Witchfinder: City Of The Dead #1 Fri, 02 Sep 2016 15:47:39 +0000 Story by Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson
Art by Ben Stenbeck
Publiched by Dark Horse Comics

Sir Edward Grey is an occult investigator in Victorian London of the Hellboy universe – your reaction to that sentence tells you everything you need to know about whether you should buy this book. This story begins as Sir Edward closes a case of an abducted nobleman, then investigates a zombie murder. Along the way, he’s waylaid by August Swain of the sinister cabal Heliopic Brotherhood Of Ra, wanting him to investigate an Egyptian tomb found below London’s cobblestoned streets.

This series blends the arch stylings of Sherlock Holmes with the rich supernatural elements of Hellboy, and the result is a great, creepy read. It’s more serious than, say, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but it’s not pretentious. As the cool fall weather finally kicks in this weekend, curl up with a scary comic book like this one, courtesy of the gang at Ultimate Comics.

-MATT CONNER for Ultimate Comics

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Atomic Robo: The Temple Of Od Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:15:37 +0000 Written by Brian Clevinger
Art by Scott Wegener
Published by IDW

Brian Clevinger has been a longtime friend of Ultimate Comics, making frequent appearances on our convention panels and Free Comic Book Day booths, and the staff here has always recommended his Atomic Robo series. Atomic Robo is a self-aware robot built by Tesla. He has a series of science adventures ranging in time from the Wild West to the Indiana Jones pulp era to the modern day, using knowledge of physics to punch such wonderfully daffy villains as Doctor Dinosaur and his time-displaced Futuresaurus Rex. This week starts the new miniseries, The Temple Of Od, and it’s a great place to jump in to the Atomic Robo lunacy.

This adventure has Robo in 1938 Japan-occupied China looking for a missing scientist and his potential doomsday weapon. The callbacks to Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom are adorable, including a shoe-shine boy dressed as Short Round and a glittery nightclub called Anything Goes. The pulp tone makes the associated gunfighting motorcycle chase that much more fun, and the historical elements ground the story in a part of World War II American media doesn’t usually mention.

Come in to either Ultimate Comics locations and pick up a copy, and make sure you bring it to the next con for a signature with the sweet, witty author we all love. And seriously, ask the staff to show you the collected editions that have Doctor Dinosaur. He is one of my favorite characters in all of comics and may be my next tattoo. You’re going to love him, maybe even more than you’ll love his creator.

-MATT CONNER for Ultimate Comics

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