What is it about movies that seems to imbue comic book characters with legitimacy?  Cons are full of fans wondering when one character or another will be in the next movie and I still have no idea why.  Are the books not good enough?  Does the idea of spending $10 on a movie ticket mean more than $3.99 on a comic?  Movies and comics have been around since the 1800’s (The Yellow Kid in 1895, the Horse in Motion in 1878), does that 17 year difference really mean something?



As with most things Spurgeon, the list is a must-read.





it’s all well and good to try and spread good will re: the cancellation of book or to try and have marvel (or whatever publisher) understand that it was well-loved, but the bottom line is, buy the fucking book, get other people to buy the fucking book, and don’t spread around/support torrents.

because at the end of the day, sales keep a book alive, not fan letters*.

*spider-girl is the exception I suppose, but the world doesn’t work like that any more. if it did, i’d still be reading thor: the mighty avenger.




  • Coulson
  • Hawkeye
  • Trading sass.
  • SHIELD being as sheisty and sneaky as ever.
  • Coulson laying a verbal SMACKDOWN on Taskmaster.
  • Taskmaster
  • Did I say Coulson already?
  • Luke Ross draws one hell of a fine Bobbi Fucking Morse. No skin off Aja’s nose, but this is my fave Bobbi right now. Dem…

I will say this; second issue seems to have a lot more going for it than issue one.  And issue one had characters mind-wiped against their will by an organization that supposedly is in the right.  The very fact that Black Widow JUST HAD THIS DONE, where other people got to decide the contents of her brain, and that was an act of villainy… makes me highly uncomfortable with the book’s premise.  [REDACTED] doesn’t count as a compelling argument. 

Please note: this is not me taking up arms against Secret Avengers, I am only wary because issue one was so skeevy.  Mind you, issue two seems to have more of the game involved so we know why two heroes are having their brains messed with without consent first by the good guys and Lord knows I’ll give every book three issues to sort itself out.



I have been DYING to say this stuff…!

Okay, if you go to this link (I’m sorry, I couldn’t figure out how to get just the cover image in this post…) you will see a cover image of THE MOVEMENT, ISSUE TWO. It’s down just a little bit!

And you just MIGHT be able to figure out a couple mysteries. :)

And the best thing?  The mighty mighty AMANDA CONNER is doing all the covers!

Hahahahahahaha, COMICS I LOVE YOU!





like seriously guys. 

at least with marvel.  you don’t need to read in order.

There are tons of events that I haven’t read all the tie-ins to.  There are books I read backwards (Iron Man).  But it all gets filled in. Don’t worry.  As you read on in the books you’ve chosen for the moment, the worlds will begin to take shape and it will be easier to know what’s going to interest and then you can jump to that. 

If you’re reading out of order or you think you’re reading something wrong because that issue came before that issue or that you NEED to go read some other title to read something you want to read….  nah.  You’re not doing it wrong.  You don’t NEED to do anything.  A good comic will fill you in on what you need to know.

calm it down and go read what you’re interested in

you can also go back and re-read things if you come across something that illuminates them in some way! read whatever tickles your fancy, go to Wikipedia or ComicVine (or Tumblr bros like me or Briton here!) when you get confused. comics are for fun, there is no right or wrong :)

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Oh hello, I didn’t see you there.
I called you into the study to take a little tiny moment to chat about something that is going on with my book Nowhere Men. Because the book is increasing in popularity, a couple things are happening at the same time.
The first is that the demand outweighs the supply. Issues are selling out at retail level and in order to accomodate readers we are releasing reprints of these issues. Because this book has become “hot,” collectors and speculators are gobbling up great swaths of physical copies off the shelves to have graded and resell at a profit many times over the cover price at a later time (which, itself, is… well, I mean good for them if they can find people willing to pay that much for it, but I can’t help but feel bad. Maybe this is just because I am the guy who drew and the value for me lies in the story itself??? I do not know. But I am not trying to knock these people. Anyway). This does sort of help to drive up the demand further and hopefully cause shops to order larger numbers of subsequent issues (HOPEFULLY). But until the ordering/printing/shipping cycle can catch up with all this, so far it has lead to the second item.
Which is that people who have not yet read the first three issues, but are interested in doing so, whether it be because they have heard the hullabaloo and want to see what its about, or a friend has enthusiastically recommended it, whatever the case, they want to buy the book BUT THEY CAN’T. There are no physical copies left for them to read, and if they do find one it is drastically marked up. SO. Do you pay OVER $12 for a comic book you just want to find out about? Do you ask your comic shop to order the new printings and wait a month or two for them to come? What do you doooooooo??? 
Well I am here to say that probably the best and most obvious solution is to buy the issues digitally. Honestly, I don’t see this coming up very often and I can’t tell you why this is. It seems very simple. Dudes and dudettes, they are never going to run out of digital copies of Nowhere Men. EVER. Past issues are already available for a dollar less than cover. Also, this book is available in high definition, and what that means basically is that you are looking at the files for the pages at the size they are drawn/colored/lettered at. Bigger than print size. That means you are able to Where’s Waldo all over the pages and sniff out the juicy details that your print-only friends are probably going to miss out on. Does that excite you?! If it does, I am happy, because it would excite me I guess. So get excited! 
And hey! If you really totally do want have a physical copy of the book, its not the end of the world, I understand. If you end up deciding “yes, I will be reading this series on a regular basis” make sure you tell your local comic shop to order you a copy. Tell them to put it in your folder if you have one, or just say “BROS, this comic is good and you need to order more you dumdums!” They will listen to you. They HAVE TO listen to you, or else they are a really, really terrible place of business, are probably doing poorly, and deserve to have people shop elsewhere until they have no choice but to go belly up. SORRY GUYS if that sounds harsh but its a competitive market you knew all about that stuff when you opened a BUSINESS.  Sorry for getting distracted like that… where was I?
Oh yeah! Have the shop start getting future issues for you, and in the meanwhile bide your time until you can pick up a reprint of the earlier issues or, you know, maybe you will get lucky and just happen to find one on eBay for less than $10, or you know, whatever! Or maybe, hey, you just will pick up the trade when it comes out! Thats not a bad idea! Read the digital issues then grab the trade for the ol’ trade-holding-shelf you have right over there against that one wall but you didn’t actually fasten to the wall even though when you were putting it together it came with the parts to secure it there so it doesn’t tip over but what are the odds of that actually happening really well friend I will just say time makes fools of us all. A word of warning though… I dunno how this is gonna play out for sure, but a TON OF PEOPLE are “waiting for the trade” on this. So while it seems like its a breeze to “wait for the trade” you actually are probably going to have to do a small amount of effort-based actions to get one (the aforementioned asking comic shop thing, pre-ordering, etc) because they are probably going to disappear off the shelves too. 
If enough people (the people who want it) order the book we will sell out less often and reprint less often and everyone who wants to read the book will be able to and everyone will be happy!
Sorry about this whole big rant, and this is literally the longest I have ever talked about this comic, but I just feel bad whenever I see people talk about wanting to check the book out but they just CAN’T. Thats kind of shitty! People should be able to scope it out if they want, so please, do your scoping online. E-scope it. iScope? Hm. 
Here is a link to where you can purchase issues on Comixology. Keep in mind that a Comixology account lets you read books on your computer glass, your phones, your tablet devices, and in a few years, probably some shirts that your kids are going to be wearing by the way things are going these days (emirite?! lol)
And you can find a listing for the Nowhere Men vol 1 trade paperback (that what it is called when they cram all the issues together in one cover) where you can pre-order for its July 9th release (WHAT JUST TEN DOLLARS WHAT A “STEAL”)
Thank you and again, sincerest apologies

Nowhere Men is really dope. From Eric Stephenson’s writing to Nate Bellegarde’s art to Jordie’s colors to Fonografiks’ lettering and design work, it’s a quality comic. I’ll have a lot more to say about it soon, but it’s very good and you should be reading it.
Like Nate points out, digital comics are a really good way to catch up on books you might have missed out on / to check books out that you might not otherwise. I picked up a bunch of Valiant books a few months back and am now picking up a couple titles (Archer & Armstrong, Bloodshot), digitally, a month later. And I can do all this while I’m sitting on the toilet couch. 
With the distribution system set up the way it is for print comics, preordering is your friend. If your store won’t order it for you, or if they won’t work to get that comic for you in some form, they are not a good retailer and don’t deserve your money. Find a new store or point your computer / smartphone / device toward Comixology.




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