Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Paranormal Pop Comics May 2nd

BY ERIN WOLF

It was a week of rare optimism as a fat dude with a nasty nicotine habit miraculously finds the only remaining phone booth in North America while Swamp Thing finally learns to love again and the war brides of Meta Legion stop getting their nails done long enough to pitch in and help the team in this overly joyous, happy happy good times Paranormal Pop Comics Rundown:

Dial H #1
DC
Written by China MiƩville; Art by Mateus Santolouco

Nelson is overweight, unemployed and smokes too damn much. Normally a guy like that would not be considered the superhero type but when he stumbles upon his friend Darren getting his face pounded at a nearby alley, Nelson rushes to a phone booth to call for help only to be instantly transformed into Chimney Boy. It’s not until later that our anti-hero discovers that anytime he needs a little help all he has to do is dial h-e-r-o and he will be instantly transformed into a butt kicking supernatural badass. Too bad Verizon doesn’t offer “hero” service…

Swamp Thing #9
DC
Written by Scott Snyder; Art by Yanick Paquette and Marco Rudy

Swamp Thing finally faces his former girlfriend turned giant evil dentally-challenged ant monster in this week's Rot vs Green showdown. If only Swampy can remind her of her former self then when she turns back into a purple orchid lady everything will be resolved with a quick hug and walk into the swamp-set, right? Wrong. Even the newly formed super supernatural duo of the green man and his recently reunited fierce orchid skin gal pal isn't enough to broker peace in the midst of environmental turmoil. Together they still have to face the evil manchild and whomever it is that is seen bubbling out of the swamp in the next issue. Boy, I’m glad that I don’t live near water…

Supurbia #3 (of 4)
Boom!
Written by Grace Randolph; Art by Russell Dauterman

While the Meta Legion is off fighting a robotic alien invasion, the families of the superheroes stay at home wringing their hands hoping their loved ones will make it out alive. Supurbia seamlessly blends the inertia of home life with the death-defying acrobats of caped crusaders in this Desperate Housewives meets The Incredibles storytelling hybrid. Talk of broken marriages and explanations of why mommy fights bad guys for a living is mixed with the classic monologue ramblings of an evil Fabio looking villain and superhero-esque battle scenes. I just wonder what kind of detergent they use to wash the Meta Legion’s uniforms...or are they dry clean only?

Also released this week:
30 Days of Night #7
IDW
Animal Man #9
DC
Avengers vs. X-Men #3 (of 12)
Marvel
Fanboys vs. Zombies #2
Boom!
Grimm Fairy Tales: Myths & Legends #16
Zenescope
X-O Manowar #1
Valiant

Paranormal Pop Comics News:

The Avengers open the New York Stock Exchange
On Tuesday, May 1st, executives and guests of Marvel Studios, along with actors Tom Hiddleston (Loki) and Clark Gregg (Agent Phil Coulson), visited the New York Stock Exchange and rang The Opening Bell to highlight the May 4th premiere of the highly anticipated Super Hero film, “Marvel’s The Avengers.”

It's true that Marvel has been advertising the hell out of this movie but does anyone else find the headline “The Avengers Open the NYSE” to be especially cool because it infers that the Avengers really do exist? Just for a moment, when I first saw the headline, I got goosebumps imagining a world in which superheroes were real. Well done Marvel, now if there were only a publicity stunt where you could actually create real superheroes...

The Avengers at the NYSE (Marvel.com)

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