Saturday, March 01 2014 00:00

Comics: Five Upcoming Trade Paperbacks to Watch Out For...

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I really need to get back into comics... not just reading them, but as a creator and writer. My personal foray into that realm was brief (as was the existence for the publisher I worked for), but the couple of books I did create have been made available on Amazon as Kindle Editions (they're FREE!) and oddly enough, they still hit the charts (DEATH WALKS THE STREETS #1 is currently number #13 in horror - tonight). I miss regular reads, and often times, catching up via Trade Paperback is the way to go (I still like to hold a real book), and tonight I spotted some upcoming releases that I'd like to highlight here on THE ROCK FATHER. Actually, I think we'll make this a regular feature. 

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ROCK FATHER Note: Zombies in the world of Archie? Definitelt intriguing to me...

When Jughead's beloved pet Hot Dog is killed in a hit and run, Jughead turns to the only person he knows who can help bring back his furry best friend—Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Using dark, forbidden magic, Sabrina is successful and Hot Dog returns to the land of the living. But he's not the same... and soon, the darkness he brings back with him from beyond the grave begins to spread, forcing Archie, Betty, Veronica and the gang to try to escape from Riverdale!

BATMAN '66BATMAN '66 Volume 1 (DC Comics) | Pre-order, available April 8, 2014

ROCK FATHER Note: I've really been excited to check out some of these "TV stories," but it just hasn't happened yet. This will be a great opportunity to do so...

Put on your go-go boots and get ready to "Batusi" back to the Swingin' 60s as DC Comics reimagines the classic Batman TV series in comics form for the first time! These all-new stories portray The Caped Crusader, The Boy Wonder and their fiendish rogues gallery just the way viewers remember them.

SUPER FRIENDSSHOWCASE presents: SUPER FRIENDS Volume 1 (DC Comics) | Pre-order, available May 27, 2014

ROCK FATHER Note: SUPER FRIENDS. I show the old cartoons to my children, this is gold.

This new, value priced Showcase Presents collection features tales of TV's Super Friends from the 1970s based on the hit animated TV series "Super Friends." Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Green Arrow and other heroes battle the evil of The Riddler, the Time Trapper and many other DC Universe villains in these kid-friendly stories. Collects SUPER FRIENDS #1-#34

AGE OF ULTRONAGE OF ULTRON (MARVEL Comics) | Pre-order, available May 20, 2014

ROCK FATHER NOTE: With Joss Whedon's AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON set for release by MARVEL Studios/Walt Disney Studios on May 1, 2015, getting schooled on the inspiration might be worth it. While this collects the 10-issue miniseries, Whedon has stated that the film is not an adaptation of this, despite sharing a title and villain.

Humanity's time is over. Submit or perish, because the Age of Ultron has arrived! The artificial intelligence known as Ultron has fought for years to eradicate mankind...and now, it has all but succeeded. The few remaining heroes are battered, broken, almost beaten and left considering desperate measures - some more desperate than others. But when Wolverine breaks ranks and pursues his own plan to defeat Ultron, will his drastic action cause more problems than it solves? Brian Michael Bendis presents the ultimate triumph of the Avengers' greatest villain in an epic that will shake worlds!

SUPERMAN: RED SONSUPERMAN: RED SON (DC Comics - New Edition) | Pre-order, available April 8, 2014

ROCK FATHER Note: I already have this one from when it was first released many years ago. But the story is a fantastic "what if?" - a tale I highly recommend.

In this vivid tale of Cold War paranoia, the ship carrying the infant who would grow up to become Superman lands in the midst of the 1950s Soviet Union, where he is raised on a collective. As he becomes a symbol to the Soviet people, the world changes drastically from what we know -- bringing Superman into conflict with Batman, Lex Luthor and others.

Have you been reading any cool comics lately? I occasionally check out some more kid-friendly titles with my little ones, but am always on the lookout for something new and exciting...


James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

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Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

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