Comics: New #1s – 1/14/15

First issues of a comic, like first episodes of a TV show, have a difficult task in front of them. They need to introduce characters, tone and story. Usually they might need to build up an interesting world, and they should end at just the right point to pique your interest. I’ve seen some truly great ones in the last year, so I’ve decided that I’ll review as many first issues this year as I can.

There was only one new #1 that I was interested in last week: Star Wars.

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Opening Tracks – 1/13/15

Rocknowski is listening to and reviewing the opening track of every new release we find interesting or worthy, for as long as he keeps his sanity. These reviews and ratings are for the opening tracks only.

Last week’s new music releases included Justin Townes Earle, Guster, Mark Ronson, Meghan Trainor, Panda Bear and more.

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New Comic Releases – 1/21/15

This weeks new #1s include Brian Michael Bendis’s new Powers series, which serves as a tie-in to the recently announced TV series, as well as a very cool looking book called Zombies vs. Robots. There’s also the interestingly titled Imaginary Drugs graphic novel, and plenty of other stuff.

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New Video Releases – 1/20/15

This week’s new releases include a slew of films from the Sundance Film Festival, including last year’s Dear White People, Rudderless, White Bird in Blizzard, and The Internet’s Own Boy, as well as 2012’s May in the Summer. Also of note are The Drop, James Gandolfini‘s last film, Terry Gilliam‘s The Zero Theorem and the no budget sci-fi Coherence.

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New Music Releases – 1/20/15


This weeks new releases include the long awaited return of Sleater-Kinney, an extremely short wait for new Aphex Twin material, three new releases on John Zorn‘s Tzadik label, a second collection of cover songs by Chicago’s Local H, relative newcomer Hanni El Khatib, new releases from indie mainstays Belle & Sebastian and the Decemberists, and plenty more.

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New Comic Releases – 1/14/15

The big news this week is that Dark Horse, after 23 years of publishing Star Wars comic books, is no longer in the Star Wars business. Since Disney bought Lucasfilm, and Disney also owns Marvel, it is Marvel will be publishing new Star Wars comics, and have declared all of the old Dark Horse material “unofficial”. Today marks the first new Star Wars title, written by Jason Aaron (Writer of the current title Men of Wrath, as well as PunisherMAX, Wolverine, Hulk, and others), it is reportedly shipping one million copies.

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Comics: New #1s – 1/7/15

First issues of a comic, like first episodes of a TV show, have a difficult task in front of them. They need to introduce characters, tone and story. Usually they might need to world build, and hopefully, end at just the right point to pique your interest. I’ve seen some truly great ones in the last year, so I’ve decided that I’ll review as many first issues this year as I can.

Last weeks new #1s were: Ant-Man, IXth Generation, The Lady Killer, Operation S.I.N., The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and Wolverines 

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