THIS WEEK’S HIGHLIGHTS @ THIRD EYE FOR WEDNESDAY 4/13/11

FLASH #10 – THE PRELUDE TO FLASHPOINT ARRIVES – FIND OUT WHY FLASHPOINT IS GOING TO BE THE RADDEST THING DC’S DONE SINCE BLACKEST NIGHT! IMAGINE “AGE OF APOCALYPSE” in the DC UNIVERSE!

Okay, there’s a lot of reasons to be excited about Flashpoint. A LOT. I mean, the fact that Geoff Johns (writer of BLACKEST NIGHT, GREEN LANTERN, BRIGHTEST DAY) is the man behind this one is a pretty big one of those reasons. And, then there’s the fact that this is a DC event, and we all know how good of a track record DC has in delivering on their events (see: BLACKEST NIGHT, which was awesome). But, more than any other reason, there’s one simple thing that makes me think that FLASHPOINT is going to be the coolest of the cool: this story is essentially DC Comics doing the AGE OF APOCALYPSE, and folks, that’s just too cool. What’s that mean? Well, Age of Apocalypse was a really cool Marvel story back in the day where Professor X was killed back in the past by Legion, and it totally changed the course of history into a world where Apocalypse ran things, and Magneto led the X-Men. It may sound pretty standard nowadays, but back in the day: that was a freakin’ big deal. And, with Flashpoint, there’s a very similar feel to what Geoff Johns and company have planned.

The story of Flashpoint is, in a nutshell, about the Reverse Flash doing something that completely screws up the timestream in the past, and changes the course of history for the entire DC UNIVERSE. This means things like Superman’s shuttle landing on Earth, Batman’s parents dying, and Abin Sur passing his ring to Hal Jordan… NEVER HAPPEN. And, you can probably imagine that this leaves the DC Universe as a much different place than what we know of it now. While some of the characters look to be in similar costumes to their current incarnations, there are others who seem drastically different.

Now, the actual details of Flashpoint, DC has been very hush-hush on, ’cause lets face it: we wanna be surprised. And, while there are a few things they’ve let me in on about the series that I can’t let out, I will say this: you guys are gonna be impressed. And, you’ll love the Flashpoint Joker. 🙂

I’m really stoked about this event, and the whole idea that it’s going to have ramifications on the entire DCU, and it’s continuity, is pretty freakin’ cool.

Now, you’re probably wondering where to start as far as FLASHPOINT goes? Well, if you want to get prepped, I’d recommend snagging FLASH #9 and this week’s FLASH #10, which are the preludes to the series. This will get you good and caught up for FLASHPOINT #1.

If you want some background on the Reverse Flash, or Barry Allen’s return, I’d recommend snagging FLASH #8 for Reverse Flash’s origin, and then the FLASH REBIRTH and FLASH DASTARDLY DEATH OF THE ROGUES hardcovers. This’ll get you the full scoop on Geoff Johns’s recent revival of Barry Allen.

Click here for our official THIRD EYE FLASHPOINT Checklist

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #658 *FF TIE-IN* – Welcome to the Future Foundation, Spidey!

We’ve been BIG fans of Amazing Spider-man since Dan Slott took on as the regular writer of the series with his BIG TIME arc in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #648. And, things have only gotten better since ASM #657 from a couple weeks ago which showed us the wake for the Human Torch, and Spidey joining the team.

Now, we’re stoked to see things moving forward again, as this special issue of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN spotlights Peter and his work with the Future Foundation, as the Sinister Six begins to hone in on the sense of liability Peter may be in regards to the new FF.

We also get to learn some of the ins and outs of Spidey’s new costume, that he was given as a member of the FF.

This is a great opportunity to find out just how Spidey’s gotten in the last few months, folks, so pick up AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #658, and find out just how awesome the comic goodness Slott’s been serving up is.

Missed AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #657 *FF TIE-IN*? We’ve still got copies in stock and available to get you caught up.

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INFINITE VACATION #2 ARRIVES THIS WEDNESDAY FROM “MORNING GLORIES” writer NICK SPENCER! MISSED #1? WE’VE GOT COPIES IN STOCK TO GET YOU CAUGHT UP! FIND OUT WHY WE LOVE THIS KILLER NEW SERIES THAT READS LIKE A MIX OF “BLADE RUNNER”, “INCEPTION”, and “OFFICE SPACE”

Nick Spencer is one of the most talented up and coming comics writers working in the field right now. He has blown us away with his work on the series MORNING GLORIES (also from Image), and continues to impress us with his work on other titles like THUNDER AGENTS, and IRON MAN 2.0. But, man, Infinite Vacation really blew us away.

And, now, this Wednesday, the highly anticipated second issue of Infinite Vacation arrives, and folks: we are stoked. For those of you who might not be in the know about Infinite Vacation, allow us to give you the rundown.

Infinite Vacation is a story about an alternate reality app/game that allows the user to buy, sell, and trade alternate virtual lives. The higher their credit score, and bank account balance, the more appealing and exciting the alternate life is. So, now, picture this: our hero, has sunk loads of time, and loads of money into living out every possible variation of his life through Infinite Vacation. And, they always bring him to the same end result: bored, and miserable.

And, then one day, he finds a version of himself that got it right, and before he can figure out what that version’s secret was, that version ends up murdered. And, so begins the mystery that makes Infinite Vacation so damn interesting. One part murder mystery, one part cyberpunky sci-fi, and then a whole lotta influence from stuff like THE OFFICE, and Office Space, this is a damn good book, Third Eye Faithful.
We highly recommend snagging the first issue, and the second this week if you haven’t already read the series, ’cause if you just read the first, you’re gonna be hooked and want more right away.

For those of you who’ve already read this one, we know we’ll be seeing you on Wednesday. 🙂

THE REIGN OF DOOMSDAY COMES THUNDERING DOWN ON CONNOR KENT IN SUPERBOY #6 *REIGN OF DOOMSDAY CHAPTER 5* THIS WEDNESDAY

I gotta tell ya, Third Eye Faithful, I’m really enjoying the REIGN OF DOOMSDAY crossover that’s been running through a few different DC books for the last couple of months. It’s a nice, tightly-wound, self-contained crossover that brings a high level of excitement and energy without attempting to be too big and too epic. However, we can sense there’s something that is ultimately epic fueling this crossover, and we think it’s going to all kick-off in ACTION COMICS #900 when Doomsday, Lex with the Black Ring, and a recently returned Supes all come face to face.

In the meantime though, we’re watching as things continue to build, and we’ve never been more stoked. See, Doomsday, the beast responsible for putting Superman down almost two decades ago, has recently returned, and he’s been carving a path through the original Supermen. That’s right, starting with STEEL, and then moving forward onto the Eradicator and Cyborg Superman, Doomsday has been on a mission, and that mission has brought him face to face with one of our favorites: Connor Kent, aka Superboy.

We are stoked for this one, folks, and not just cause we’ve been digging Reign of Doomsday, but because we’re also huge fans of Jeff Lemire’s current run on the Superboy ongoing series. The writer of SWEET TOOTH brings his very unique style to the world of Smallville and Connor Kent, and manages to use his knack for telling solid stories against the backdrop of rural weirdness in a very, very skillful way.

Wanna get caught up on the REIGN OF DOOMSDAY? We’ve got all the previous chapters in stock, and available now, so pop on by and snag the first few and catch up to this week’s Chapter 5 in SUPERBOY #6.

Click here to read the official THIRD EYE REIGN OF DOOMSDAY Checklist
JONATHAN HICKMAN’S HISTORY-TWISTING SUPERHERO EPIC CONTINUES IN THIS WEDNESDAY’S SHIELD: INFINITY ONE-SHOT

We’re huge fans of Hickman, and many of his projects, but S.H.I.E.L.D was one of our big favorites from last year. This book simply floored us with how awesome it turned out to be, and it totally added many interesting concepts to the rich tapestry that is the Marvel Universe.

Now, this Wednesday, Hickman returns to SHIELD with this one-shot that shows us the miraculous designs of his Da Vinci, the lies, truths and half-truths of Isaac Newton, and the predictions of Nostradamus. See, Third Eye Faithful, in SHIELD these were the original defenders of the Marvel Universe. These were the guys who fended off the Celestials, the Brood, and Galactus before the Avengers and the Fantastic Four existed.

And, this is what makes Hickman’s work so compelling. The near-laborious detail that he applies to mixing the realms of history, and the realms of fiction into one larger, interesting story set against the backdrop of the Marvel Universe. Trust us, seeing Leonardo Da Vinci staring down Galactus reminds you of just how incredible a place the Marvel Universe can be.

Wanna give SHIELD a shot? This one shot is a nice self-contained look at the world of SHIELD, or you can go back and catch up on the series, as we have all of the back issues of the original 6 issue limited series from last year in stock and available now.

Click here for a preview of SHIELD INFINITY

BUTCHER BAKER: THE RIGHTEOUS MAKER #2 – Imagine if THE COMEDIAN from WATCHMEN had his own series… it would be this amazing, over-the-top hit new Image book!

Missed issue #1? We’ve got copies in stock to get you hooked up!

Image has been right on point for 2011, folks. Loads of kick-ass new series, and they’ve delivered in a big way with each and every one. This week, we get the second issue of BUTCHER BAKER, RIIGHTEOUS MAKER, which is one of my own personal favorite new Image books.. ’cause lets face it, I love seeing whacked out takes on the superhero genre.

While it’s already been mentioned that this is one of the crop of books that have been the Image buzz books, and is commanding a slight premium on the back-market, lets look past all of that, and talk about one simple thing: how awesome of a read this series is.

Butcher Baker is the story of a former “Patriotic”-themed Superhero, very much in the vein of The Comedian from WATCHMEN. He’s retired, spends his days in debauchery, drinks a lot, smokes a lot, and really has no desire to re-enter the superhero game.

And, then Dick Cheney and Jay Leno approach him with one last job, and the fun begins anew.

This book is raunchy, over-the-top, and violent as all get out, and we freakin’ love it! Mike Huddleston brings a very cool Bill Sienciewicz (I know I misspelled that, sorry Bill!) type vibe to the art, and Casey is on his A-Game writing some of the funniest, darkest superhero comics since we first saw THE BOYS launch.

If you’re a fan of series like THE BOYS, or even darker takes on capes like IRREDEEMABLE and WATCHMEN, you need to snag a copy of this book and see what all the fuss is about.

The most twisted superhero epic of the 21st century.

Missed issue #1? We’ve got copies in stock to get you caught up!

BATMAN AND ROBIN #22 – THE CONCLUSION TO THE FIRST 3-ISSUE ARC BY NEW BATMAN AND ROBIN CREATIVE TEAM PETER TOMASI & PATRICK GLEASON – THE BEST BATMAN AND ROBIN HAS BEEN SINCE MORRISON & QUITELY’S FIRST ARC!

Snag issue 20 and 21, and Get Caught Up!

Okay, so Paul Cornell’s run that preceded this (you know the one with the chick with the hole in her head) was a bit flat. And, we LOVE Paul Cornell’s stuff, but you know, sometimes you don’t hit ’em all out of the park.

HOWEVER, Tomasi and Gleason have turned this book into one of the most enjoyable Bat-books on the stands when they came on with issue #20. Gleason’s art is perfect on this, crisp, detailed, and dynamic, and brings a very cool feel to the world of Gotham City. Tomasi slips into the title like he was born to write the characters, and manages to follow up Morrison quite well, keeping the same Weird Tales-esque tone but not losing the sense of bigger-than-life superheroics.

The story has centered around a mysterious new character named the White Knight who has been executing the family and loved ones of various Batman Rogues. No one seems to really “get” the character of Dick Grayson as Batman like Tomasi does, and it shows in this one. You can tell he has an affection for Nightwing, and thinking back to the killer run he had on the character, it’s even more obvious.

We’re loving BATMAN AND ROBIN, and we suggest you jump onto this run, starting with issue #20, and catch up to this week’s #22.

HELLBOY: BUSTER OAKLEY GETS HIS WISH #1 – A GREAT ONE-SHOT ISSUE THAT GIVES YOU THE PERFECT OPPORTUNITY TO FIND OUT HOW AWESOME HELLBOY IS! NEVER READ HELLBOY BEFORE? TRY THE SERIES OUT WITH THIS ISSUE!

We love Hellboy here at Third Eye. Seriously. The perfect blend of pulp hero awesomeness, quirky humor, and ridiculously detailed and creepy occult stylings make Hellboy into one of the most compelling characters on the stands. Mignola always delivers a great read with the world of Hellboy and BPRD, and the artists he often chooses to illustrate this world are top notch.

This Wednesday, Dark Horse is unleashing the HELLBOY: BUSTER OAKLEY GETS HIS WISH one-shot, which is a great, self-contained story that is PERFECT for readers that’re new to Hellboy to jump on board with. This kick-ass tale, illustrated by the master of atmospheric, macabre superhero art Kevin Nowlan, shows us Hellboy being sucked into a giant spacecraft full of mutated livestock. So, what’s he gotta do? He’s gotta punch, and pummel his way through giant robots, strange techno-organic webbing, and evil aliens to get back to the planet Earth.

You wanna see an example of why we love Hellboy? Buster Oakley is it. Snag yourself a copy this Wednesday, and give it a shot!

JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #622 *FEAR ITSELF TIE-IN* – FEAR ITSELF CASTS IT’S SHADOW ON ASGARD, AS THOR BECOMES JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY WITH JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #622

This Wednesday, a monumental change occurs in the Thor title as it reverts back to it’s ORIGINAL title, JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY, and as FEAR ITSELF extends it’s reach onto THOR, we’re treated to one of the most exciting new directions for the world of Asgard yet.

Loki has returned, and the mystery surrounding his death is about to be revealed. What can the Trickster God be up to this time, and how is it going to affect Thor? And, what side of the fence does Loki fall on in regards to the emergence of SKADI.

With critically-acclaimed up and comer Kieron Gillen handling the writing chores on this one, we’re sure it’s going to be a stellar read, and Doug Braithwaite’s artwork looks AMAZING.

Plus, after the awesomeness that was last week’s FEAR ITSELF #1, we CANNOT wait to get more FEAR ITSELF goodness.

Click here for a preview of JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #622 *FEAR ITSELF TIE-IN*

GI JOE #0 – THE COBRA CIVIL WAR BEGINS THIS WEDNESDAY IN THE MOST KICK-ASS LOOKING GI JOE COMIC WE’VE SEEN IN AGES!

Cobra Commander is DEAD! Who Will Take His Place?

As a child of the ’80s, I gotta give props to GI JOE. I always had more GI JOES than I did Transformers as a kid, ’cause lets face it: Transformers were MAD expensive. And, GI JOES, heck, you could get 4 of those bad boys for the price of one Autobot. So, needless to say, I’ve got a soft spot for the world of GI JOE.

This Wednesday, IDW pumps some serious new life into the GI JOE line of comics with a fresh start, and a brand new storyline called COBRA CIVIL WAR. The GI JOE series is re-starting at #0, and in it, we’re getting what looks to be the most kick-ass GI JOE story in a very long time.

Cobra Commander is dead, and the big question is: Who will be the next Cobra Commander? The role of Commander must be filled — now the most lethal and cunning Cobra operatives will compete for command. The winner? He who kills the most GI JOES. And, guess what else? Remember the NINJA FORCE?

They’re showing up for this party. How awesome is that?

This isn’t the GI JOE you remember, Third Eye Faithful. Gritty, and intense, this is some of the most promising stuff coming out of IDW this summer.

Click here for a preview of GI JOE COBRA CIVIL WAR #0

JUSTICE LEAGUE: GENERATION LOST VOL 1 HARDCOVER HITS THIS WEDNESDAY – LOVED GIFFEN AND MAGUIRE’S JUSTICE LEAGUE and JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL? YOU NEED TO READ THIS!

Man, I know a lot of you guys have been eagerly awaiting the JL Gen Lost hardcover, and trust me, I’m super stoked to see it arrive this week as well.

Justice League Generation Lost is a BRIGHTEST DAY-related storyline that’s a total of 26 issues, and brings back the much-beloved Justice League International line-up. Many of you, like myself, have fond memories of Giffen and DeMatteis’s work on these characters, and folks, I’ll tell ya now: Winick does a great job of staying true to it.

What’s it all about? Well, mind-controlling mastermind Maxwell Lord, who was resurrected in the aftermath of BRIGHTEST DAY, is targeting the members of the defunct JLI, and now, surviving members Booster Gold, Captain Atom, Fire and Ice must stop him from destroying the entire superhero community. See, Lord (in BRIGHTEST DAY #0), convinced the entire DCU that he didn’t exist in a taxing mental feat… except, he could not brainwash the members of JLI.

From there, we’re treated to one of the best runs of 2010, and folks, if you’re a DCU fan, you’ll love this one.

Snag this mammoth hardcover collecting the first 12 issues of JL: Generation Lost this Wednesday!

CARBON GREY #2 HITS THIS WEDNESDAY DELIVERING MORE STEAMPUNK ASSASSIN AWESOMENESS FROM IMAGE COMICS!

Missed #1? We’ve got more copies back in stock this Wednesday!

This gorgeous-looking comic hit the shelves of Third Eye last month, and totally floored us with how awesome it turned out to be. We’re suckers for stories that have that steampunk aesthetic to them, and Carbon Grey most definitely has that. On top of that, the artwork is AMAZING, and the storytelling is very very solid in this one.

Now, this Wednesday, the second issue hits, and alongside it, we’ll be getting in more copies of the sold-out CARBON GREY #1. If you’re a fan of recent steampunk series like LADY MECHANIKA, and FREAKANGELS, we highly recommend snagging CARBON GREY. Or heck, if you’re just digging all the kick-ass new series Image has been launching, we think you’ll dig this one.

What’s CARBON GREY all about? A noble family has twins, Mathilde and Giselle, the Sisters Grey. For generations, the Sisters have protected and counseled the Kaiser, ruler of Mitteleuropa. But this is a different time. At the birth of the industrial age a great war is raging. When the Kaiser is assassinated Giselle is accused. Pursued by her sisters and hunted by the enemy Giselle must unravel the prophecy of CARBON GREY before history itself is written.

Short version: It’s got awesome art, kick-ass girls wielding giant swords, and flying crazy bomber airships. You’ll love it.

BOOKS WE LOOOOOOVE: UNCANNY X-FORCE #7 HITS THIS WEDNESDAY! REMENDER CONTINUES TO IMPRESS THE HECK OUT OF US ON THIS ONE!

DEATHLOK NATION Chapter 3! Folks, we love UNCANNY X-FORCE, seriously. It’s quite possibly the best X-Book being made right now, and continues to get better. And, with a storyline on the horizon that takes the team into the alternate AGE OF APOCALYPSE future…. things are only going to look better, and better in this one.

Remender just gets it, and just like in his first issue of VENOM, he brings a sense of snap, and innovation to characters that’ve earned their way into being fan-favorites. Heck, his Deadpool has some of the best lines we’ve seen from the Merc with a Mouth since Joe Kelly’s run on the character way back in the day.

And, this Wednesday, the story continues as the hordes of the Deathlok Nation continue to flood into our world, intent on killing Fantomex, and protecting the super soldier production facility known as the World… but, the question is: Why? And, who is Weapon Infinity?

Wanna jump onto UNCANNY X-FORCE? We recommend either grabbing the hardcover collecting issues #1-4 this Wednesday, or snagging the .1 issue of UNCANNY X-FORCE #5.1, and then catching up to this week’s #7 from there. We promise: you won’t be disappointed.

Click here for a preview of UNCANNY X-FORCE #7

UNCANNY X-FORCE: THE APOCALYPSE SOLUTION HC hits this Wednesday, collecting UNCANNY X-FORCE 1-4, as well as some extra bonus material

Okay, so you just heard us ranting, and raving about UNCANNY X-FORCE. So, we don’t need to convince you on the virtues of this amazing series… all we can say is this: if you’ve been waiting for it to get collected, the time has arrived! Snag this killer hardcover of the first story arc by Rick Remender and Jerome Opena for just $20, and hop on board to the monthly from there, and find out what you’ve been missing! The best X-Book on the stands, Third Eye Faithful!

SPONGEBOB COMICS #2 – Who doesn’t love SPONGEBOB? BONGO COMICS, the folks behind the SIMPSONS and FUTURAMA comics pair with loads of killer Indie Comix creators to bring Mr. Squarepants to the four color page!

More copies of #1 Back In Stock!

I know, I know, you’re probably like “Has Steve lost his mind.. again?” But, seriously, I think it’s super rad that Bongo has picked up the Spongebob license, and hey, it’s always cool to have another comic you can bring home to your kids as well.

Anyways, the virtuosos at Bongo who’re responsible for keeping the Simpsons and Futurama lines kicking for many years are now behind the new Spongebob Comics series, and it’s awesome. Loads of indie comix creators like James kolchalka (Incredible Change-Bots, Johnny Boo) are working on this one, and we’re loving it.

Missed issue #1? We got more copies back in stock recently to catch you, or your little Third Eye Faithful at home, up to this week’s #2.

DEATH OF ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN CONTINUES THIS WEDNESDAY WITH CHAPTERS 2 and CHAPTERS 3 in ULTIMATE AVENGERS vs. NEW ULTIMATES #3 andULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #157

One of the big sleeper hits of the Spring has been the DEATH OF ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN story arc that’s been running through ULTIMATE AVENGERS vs. NEW ULTIMATES and ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN. This has been some of the best storytelling set in the Ultimate Universe since the very beginning of Bendis and Millar’s runs on Spidey and the Ultimates. And, let me tell you, folks: it’s awesome to see Bagely back on Ultimate Spidey.

If you’ve fell out of the Ultimate loop in the last few years, we really recommend coming back for this arc, as it’s been kick-ass. We’ve got all the chapters in stock, as well as the prelude issues, so catching up is easy.

And, while I can’t say much, I’ll say this: both of these issues deliver in a BIG way this week. So if you’re behind on this storyline, this Wednesday is your perfect chance to catch up and find out just what big big big stuff we’re talking about. 🙂

Click here for our official DEATH OF ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN CHECKLIST

LIL DEPRESSED BOY #3 – WE CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF THIS HILARIOUS NEW IMAGE SERIES

Dude, we’re totally hooked on the Li’l Depressed Boy. Just like Johnny the Homicidal Maniac brought a killer dose of humor, and satire to the world of goths, and other eyeliner-obsessed kids, Li’l Depressed Boy brings the same kind of humor to the world of lo-fi indie rock, and basement shows.

And, it’s really, really funny. 🙂 We love it.

Missed issues 1 and 2? You should check ’em out this Wednesday, and snag a copy of #3 while you’re at it.

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD ANNUAL 2011 – ZOMBIES VS. ALLIGATORS? AVATAR PRESS SERVES UP ANOTHER HEAPING HELPING OF NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD AWESOMENESS IN THIS ONE-SHOT

You know that we’re long-time gorehounds here at Third Eye, and we’re also big fans of Avatar Press’s offerings, so when you take the world of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, and then add the no-holds-barred approach of AVATAR PRESS, we’re pretty much sold.

And, it looks like this Wednesday, we can add another guilty pleasure to our collections with Avatar Press’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD ANNUAL 2011. Mike Wolfer, the man who’s done all the really killer NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD stuff for AVATAR, returns with an all-new gore-filled tale of zombie mayhem. When the contagion began in rural America, we were instructed to flee to the cities. When the cities became inundated, they became death traps.

Nowhere was safe, and then there was nowhere to run to escape the living dead. Now, the fight for life is reduced to desperation, as a group of refugees cligs to the hope that sanctuary lies deep in the alligator-infested bayous of Louisiana.

Folks, it’s gators vs. zombies, with a buncha people in the middle of it all. And, it’s gonna be ridiculous!

Nick Spencer (writer of MORNING GLORIES & INFINITE VACATION) continues to innovate with the new War Machine series, IRON MAN 2.0, in IRON MAN 2.0 #3 this Wednesday!

Missed 1 & 2? We’ve got copies in stock to catch you up!

Okay, you caught us. We’re big Nick Spencer fans. We can’t help it. The man can write, no doubt. And, we’re totally hooked on his fresh new take on a long-time favorite character of our’s: WAR MACHINE.

Spinning straight from the pages of Matt Fraction’s incredible INVINCIBLE IRON MAN run, IRON MAN 2.0 brings us the mission by James Rhodes and Tony Stark to create the all-new War Machine suit. Rhodey’s new mission already nearly killed him, and a deadly new supervillain poses a threat that War Machine can’t fight… and to stay alive, he’s going to have to step up the concept of War Machine to 11.

Action-packed, and techy as all get out, Nick Spencer brings his unique futurist-influence of storytelling to the world of Iron Man 2.0, and combined with Barry Kitson’s crisp, and compelling artwork, the two really deliver a solid read.

Missed issues 1 and 2? We’ve got copies in stock and available to catch you up.

Click here for a preview of IRON MAN 2.0 #3

ESCAPE FROM THE NEGATIVE ZONE CHAPTER 2 CONTINUES FROM LAST MONTH’S UNCANNY X-MEN ANNUAL INTO STEVE ROGERS SUPER SOLDIER ANNUAL #1 – LOOK AT THE PREVIEW FOR THIS ONE… AMAZING ARTWORK!

I don’t know what Marvel’s plan is on these Annuals, but whatever they’re doing this year: they’re freakin’ knocking it out of the park. The artwork on last month’s UNCANNY X-MEN ANNUAL (in stock now) was AMAZING, and very reminiscent of Art Adams. And, now looking at preview pages of this week’s STEVE ROGER SUPER SOLDIER, this one not only reads just as well as the UNCANNY annual, but the art is just as freakin’ good.

This one picks up the story that began in UNCANNY annual, ESCAPE FROM THE NEGATIVE ZONE, which brings together the X-Men, Steve Rogers, and Namor in a big ol shebang with Blastaar. But, of course, there’s a lot more to it than just Blastaar, and the X-Men being imprisoned in the Negative Zone.

Just check out the link, and look at the art on the preview pages, folks.. .this is a really solid looking book.

Missed the Uncanny annual? We’ve got copies in stock to get you caught up.

Click here for a preview of STEVE ROGERS SUPER SOLDIER ANNUAL #1

THOR BY WALT SIMONSON OMNIBUS – 1,192 PAGES OF THOR AWESOMENESS. THE BEST THOR RUN. EVER. COLLECTED IN ONE MASSIVE TOME. A MUST!

The Walt Simonson run of Thor is considered to be one of the single best runs on a comic. Ever. And, it’s most definitely regarded as the BEST Thor run of all-time. And, you know what, Third Eye Faithful? It’s true. This is one of those classic runs (ala Stan and Jack on FF, Byrne and Claremont on X-Men, and O’Neil and Adams on Batman) that not only stands the test of time, but even gets better with age. It’s rare to see comics that do that, and we are so stoked to see this amazing omnibus treatment that’s been given to one of the most incredible Thor runs of all-time.

Nearly 1,200 pages, this collects Simonson’s entire run, issues 337-355, 357-369, and 371-382, as well as the Balder the Brave limited series. All collected in the proper reading order which they came out. The art looks incredible, the story is iconic, if there was ever a book you wanted to own in omnibus format, this is it.

We’ll have copies available this Wednesday at Third Eye, so snag yourself one if you consider yourself a huge fan of the Simsonson THOR stuff.

THE AGE OF X CONTINUES THIS WEDNESDAY IN X-MEN LEGACY #247 – FIND OUT WHY THIS ALTERNATE HISTORY STORYLINE SET IN A WORLD WHERE THE X-MEN NEVER EXISTED IS ONE OF OUR CURRENT FAVORITES!

Marvel continues to keep us impressed with their AGE OF X storyline, which harkens back to the AGE OF APOCALYPSE storyline from way back in the day. In this crossover that’s running between XMEN LEGACY and NEW MUTANTS, we’re shown an in-continuity alternate reality where the X-Men never formed, and as such, mutants are pretty much endangered, and nearly non-existent. It’s fascinating to see the different paths the characters lives have taken, and as the mystery of how the regular 616 Marvel U and the AGE OF X universe connects continues to unravel and keep us interested.

Wanna hop on board this one? We’ve got all the chapters in stock to catch you up.

Click here for the official THIRD EYE AGE OF X CHECKLIST

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Steve – FEAR ITSELF #1 – Loved it. Action-packed, incredible artwork, and without giving out too many spoilers, a very satisfying moment in regards to Thor and the Asgardians. Plus, Odin yells at the Watcher like a cranky old man.

Trish – NONPLAYER #1 – Oh my god. The art in this book is amazing, and the story is great. This is the best Image debut since last year’s MORNING GLORIES #1. I loved it.

TORMA – HERC #1 – If you’re not reading Pak and Van Lente’s HERCULES stuff, you’re missing out. A perfect blend of humor, and smash ’em up old school Marvel awesome. This new series looks to be the best yet.

Tony (Prince Frederick) FEAR ITSELF #1 – I know Steve likes to try to mix everyone’s up but I had to pick this. I am a major Thor fan, and it was great seeing him get some props here. And it was just a great issue. It does look like this could be the biggest Marvel story since CIVIL WAR.