Comic Book Club July Meeting: Marshal Law

It’s July, which means San Diego Comic Con, the inevitable comic based summer blockbuster film(s), and of course, the Ash Ave Comic Book Club will meet for our monthly discussion of comics. For July we’re discussing Pat Mills and Kevin O’Neill’s Marshal Law, specifically the deluxe edition collection released by DC Comics a few years back. Unfortunately this title went out of stock at our distributor after we selected it, and is now completely out of print, so we do not have any copies in the shop available for purchase. This is not the case for our August selection, Marvel’s 2007 Eternals mini-series by Neil Gaiman and John Romita Jr., we have copies available in the shop now for purchase.

Our meetings begin at 6 PM, and we recommend attendees BYOB (be it beer, beverage, or brisket).  Our reading group selections are available in the shop, so drop by to purchase (or preorder if we’re temporarily out of stock) a copy of Eternals by Neil Gaiman TP for our August meetup. Listed below are our next two months of readings, and a photo and summary of the July selection:

Sunday, July 7: Marshal Law TP

Sunday, August 4: Eternals by Neil Gaiman TP

 

MARSHAL LAW is back! This futuristic law official is charged with policing super heroes gone rogue by any means necessary, all while fighting his own self-hatred for being the thing he hates most: a super hero. Featuring art by Kevin O’Neill, illustrator of THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, the centerpiece of this massive paperback is the six-part tale in which Marshal Law hunts down the Sleepman, a serial killer who is connected to the popular hero known as The Public Spirit. Collects MARSHAL LAW #1-6, MARSHAL LAW: FEAR AND LOATHING, MARSHAL LAW TAKES MANHATTAN, MARSHAL LAW: KINGDOM OF THE BLIND and MARSHAL LAW: THE HATEFUL DEAD, MARSHAL LAW: SUPER BABYLON and MARSHAL LAW: SECRET TRIBUNAL #1-2.

Comic Book Club June Meeting: The Mask Omnibus vol 1

We’re rounding out Spring with a discussion of John Arcudi, Doug Mahnke, and Keith Williams’ collected run on The Mask with a reading and discussion of the recently repackaged omnibus from Dark Horse Comics. For our July comic book club, we will be discussing Pat Mills and Kevin O’Neill’s Marshal Law, an extremely dystopian look at the law and superheroes.

Our meetings begin at 6 PM, and we recommend attendees BYOB (be it beer, beverage, or brisket).  Our reading group selections are available in the shop, so drop by to pick up The Mask Omnibus volume 1 collection or to preorder a copy of Marshal Law TP for our July meetup. Listed below are our next two months of readings, and a photo and summary of the June selection:

Sunday, June 2: The Mask Omnibus volume 1

Sunday, July 7: Marshal Law TP

 

 

The bestselling comic trilogy that inspired the blockbuster film The Mask is collected in this omnibus edition of gruesome hilarity!

A weird mask of unknown origin and power is discovered and imbues its wearer with limitless cartoon character invulnerability that takes the nerdy Stanley Ipkiss, the police, the mafia, and the monstrous mob muscleman Walter on a colliding violent path of homicidal mayhem, lunacy, and destruction!

Collects The Mask, The Mask Returns, and The Mask Strikes Back!

Comic Book Club May Meeting: Beasts of Burden Animal Rites

Our Ash Ave Comic Book Club is next meeting on Sunday, May 5th to discuss Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson’s beloved supernatural animal series Beasts of Burden, a winner of eight (!!!) Eisner awards over its various mini-series and one shots. After that we’ll be exploring a character that readers may be most familiar with from the mid 90s film adaptation starring Jim Carrey, The Mask by Doug Mahnke and John Arcudi has recently been reprinted in an omnibus format by Dark Horse Comics. We’ll be discussing The Mask Omnibus on Sunday, June 2nd.

Our meetings begin at 6 PM, and we recommend attendees BYOB (be it beer, beverage, or brisket).  Our reading group selections are available in the shop, so drop by to pick up the Beasts of Burden collection or to preorder a copy of The Mask Omnibus volume 1 for our June meetup. Listed below are our next two months of readings, and a photo and summary of the May selection:

Sunday, May 5: Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites

Sunday, June 2: The Mask Omnibus volume 1


Black magic, demonic frogs, and zombie road kill are just a few of the problems plaguing this seemingly sleepy little town. Beneath the quiet streets a rat cabal plots vengeance, while in the local cemetery the dead leave their graves. With the human residents unaware of the supernatural danger, it’s up to a determined crew of dogs (and one cat) to keep their community safe. Lives will be lost, and bonds forged as the beasts of Burden Hill battle against an unknown evil rooted within their town. Award-winning comics creators Evan Dorkin (Milk & Cheese) and Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother) come together to share the lives of some unlikely heroes. This volume reprints the comic-book series Beasts of Burden issues #1-4, the short stories from the Dark Horse Book of Hauntings, the Dark Horse Book of Witchcraft, the Dark Horse Book of the Dead, and the Dark Horse Book of Monsters,  “Stray,” “Unfamiliar,” “Let Sleeping Dogs Lie,” and “A Dog and His Boy,” published by Dark Horse Comics.

Comic Book Club April Meeting: Nextwave

Spring has sprung and like clockwork the Ash Ave Comic Book Club will be meeting to discuss another entry in the wide world of comics.  For our April get together we’ll be meeting Sunday, April 7 to discuss Warren Ellis’ and Stuart Immonen’s superhero comedy Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E., winner of three Eagle Awards, as well as being a pick for the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) list for the Best Comics of 2007.

We had an excellent discussion in March of Mister Miracle with Mister Miracle artist Mitch Gerads, here’s a couple of photos from the event if you couldn’t attend.

Our meetings begin at 6 PM, and per usual we recommend attendees BYOB (be it beer, beverage, or BBQ).  Our reading group selections are available in the shop, so drop by to pick up the Nextwave collection or to preorder a copy of Beasts of Burden Animal Rites for our May meetup. Listed below are our next two months of readings, and a photo and summary of the April selection:

Sunday, April 7: Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. 

Sunday, May 5: Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites

The Highest Anti-Terrorism Effort, or H.A.T.E. (a subsidiary of the Beyond Corporation©) put NEXTWAVE together to fight Bizarre Weapons of Mass Destruction. When NEXTWAVE discovers that H.A.T.E. and Beyond© are terrorist cells themselves, and that the BWMDs were intended to kill them, they are less than pleased. In fact, they are rather angry. So they make things explode. Lots of things. Starring Monica Rambeau (formerly Captain Marvel and Photon), Aaron Stack (Machine Man), Tabitha Smith (X-Force’s Meltdown), monster-hunter Elsa Bloodstone and The Captain! If you like anything, you will LOVE NEXTWAVE! BOOM! This new collection also includes all the hilarious letters pages!

Comic Book Club March Meeting: Mister Miracle

Our comic book club has been waiting a long time for this one, for our March Comic Book Club we’re discussing the Eisner award winning miniseries Mister Miracle by Tom King and Mitch Gerads, bringing the classic Jack Kirby creation back for a new perspective on the character for a new generation of readers.  A couple of years back our comic book club read King and Gerads’ Sheriff of Babylon miniseries, artist Mitch Gerads joined us in our discussion, it was one of our highlights in our five years. So, naturally we’re really stoked that Mitch will be back to sit in for our Mister Miracle discussion, there’s only one catch (ok, maybe two), to attend you’ll need to have purchased a copy of the Mister Miracle TP at the shop. The second catch is that seating for the comic book club is limited and attendance will be capped, so we’ll be taking RSVPs at ashavecomics@gmail.com. This event is not a signing, it’s a discussion oriented comic book club, so attendees will be expected to have read the series and to listen and engage with others in our collective chat.

For our April Ash Ave Comic Book Club, we’re discussing Warren Ellis’ and Stuart Immonen’s superhero comedy Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E., winner of three Eagle Awards, as well as being a pick for the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) list for the Best Comics of 2007. We will be meeting to discuss Nextwave on Sunday, April 7 at the shop.

Our meetings begin at 6 PM, and per usual we recommend attendees BYOB (be it beer, beverage, or BBQ).  Our reading group selections are available in the shop, so drop by to pick up the Mister Miracle collection or to preorder a copy of Nextwave for our April meetup. Listed below are our next two months of readings, and a photo and summary of the March selection:

Sunday, March 10: Mister Miracle TP

Sunday, April 7: Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. 

The critically acclaimed 12-issue mini-series is collected. Scott Free is the greatest escape artist who ever lived. So great that he escaped Granny Goodness’ gruesome orphanage and the dangers of Apokolips to travel across galaxies and set up a new life on Earth with his wife, the former Female Fury known as Big Barda. Using the stage alter ego of Mister Miracle, he has made a career for himself showing off his acrobatic escape techniques. He even caught the attention of the Justice League, which counted him among its ranks. You might say Scott Free has everything…so why isn’t it enough? Mister Miracle has mastered every illusion, achieved every stunt, pulled off every trick-except one. He has never escaped death. Is it even possible? Our hero is going to have to kill himself if he wants to find out.