Melvis’s September Comic Picks of the Month

Hey everybody, with fall fast approaching I though you might want to get the heads up on what to pickup at your comic shop for the month of September. September is always a great month to start reading comics because…well because comics are awesome. They don’t get any better in September but what the hell there’s no time like the present to go snag yourself a 32page slice of artistic goodness.

On Sale September 1

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #36: The final arc of Buffy: Season 8 starts this week. Joss Whedon fans won’t want to miss this.

Red Hood: Lost Days#4: Find out what happened to Jason Todd from the time he died right up until he tried to kill Batman. I’m becoming more and more impressed with Judd Winick’s work these days

5 Days to Die #1: A new comic from IDW from writer Andy Schmidt. It might be a bust, but it could also be the next big thing. It’s worth taking a risk on.

Choker #4: I’m loving this Image series from Ben Templesmith and Ben McCool. If you don’t like superhero comics this might be up your alley. Noir, cyberpunk, and awesome all in 32 pages.

Wolverine #1: Logan’s going to hell and I’m along for the ride. I don’t know if this series is going to be worth picking up full time, but I want to give it a shot.

Sweet Tooth#13: Jeff Lemire’s latest indy hit is worth checking out. If you’ve never heard of this comic check out the trade paperback collection of the first five issues.

On Sale September 8th

Batman and Robin #14: Check out Grant Morrison’s last arc before Peter Tomassi takes over the title. Great reading.

Dragon Age #4: I’m a big fantasy fan, I loved the video game and the comic has been great so far. It’s not a genre defining title but it’s a lot of fun if you’re into fantasy.

Kill Shakespeare #5: This is my thinking man’s book for the week. Kill Shakespeare is a fantastic concept that is flawlessly executed. I can’t wait to see what happens next. Frank Miller’s girlfriend might hate it, but I love it.

Invincible Iron Man #30: Matt Fraction is getting a bit redundant with his plots, but I’m not quite ready to give up on Iron Man yet. I’ve been enjoying this story, and the twist with Sasha Hammer being Ezekiel Stane’s girlfriend has me looking forward to this title.

On Sale September 15th

Brightest Day#10: Geoff Johns has continued to deliver the goods with Brightest Day. It’s been a great read so far and #10 should bring more of the same.

Machete #0: A 32 page prequel to the Robert Rodriguez movie that came out last week. If you’re looking forward to the movie check out the comic. It won’t be great but its guaranteed to entertain.

The Walking Dead #77: If you want to be able to say you read the comic before the AMC series came out, you’ve only got two months to jump on the bandwagon. It’s a great comic too, I mean c’mon whats not to love about Robert Kirkman’s  “zombie movie that never ends”.

Kick Ass 2 #1: Mark Millar’s follow up to Kick Ass starts now. If you loved the first series, or the movie, I think that this one is going to kick more ass.

Thor First Thunder#1: If you’ve read Mice Templar you can appreciate what a great writer Bryan JL Glass is. I think that when given the reigns to a project like this; it’s essentially Thor: Year One you might be looking at the genesis of the next big name in superhero comics.

On Sale September 22nd

Dexter Color changing mug: It’s not a comic book, but this white mug reveals its darker blood splattered side when it heats up. Very cool if you’re a Dexter fan.

Superman/Batman #76: In this flashback story Judd Winick tells how Superman dealt with the death of Bruce Wayne. Not a title I normally buy, but I plan on picking this issue up.

Elephantmen #30: This is such a fun title. Check it out if you’re feeling like something different this week.

Thor #615: Matt Fraction takes over writing duties for the Norse god of thunder. Here’s hoping this will be great, I’ve been bummed by Thor since JMS left.

Joe the Barbarian #8: The conclusion of Grant Morrison’s fairy tale book about a diabetic teenager who must save an alternate reality world. A great title, if you haven’t been reading it I would suggest waiting for the trade. Morrison seldom disappoints.

On Sale September 29th

WonderWoman #603: J Michael Straczynski is writing Wonder Woman, and for the first time ever, I’m reading it. I can’t guarantee you’ll love it, but its way better than anything that ever came from Gail Simone’s pen.

Chew #15: I love this title from Image, it’s such a fresh concept and the art pops spectacularly, it’s as close to watching Adult Swim as you can come without actually having moving images. I know I pick an Image title a week, but you should be too. It’s great to see what creators can do when they have the freedom to make the books they want. The first 10 issues are available in trade too, so you can almost get caught up.

Pocket God #1: The best-selling online comic of all time comes to comic shops. I’m going to pass but thought you’d want to know it was there.

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UFC 117 Predictions

Fight Poster for UFC 117 Silva vs Sonnen

Get ready for UFC 117 this Saturday

Hey everybody, Mike the comic guy here. I know UFC isn’t normally my bag, at least not around here, but since there’s a card coming up this weekend with some fairly significant fights on it I thought I’d weigh in with my predictions. Don’t worry though I’m not giving up my day job; I’ll have my thoughts on the upcoming comic releases right away. So without any further adieu lets take a look at UFC 117.

Main Event: Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen

To be honest with you I can’t believe that Chael Sonnen is even in this fight to begin with. I think that if you look at all of Anderson Silva’s matches in the UFC the only guy who ever looked like he might beat him was Dan Henderson in the first round of their tilt back in 2008. However I thought that there were flashes of vulnerability in Silva’s game when he fought Nate Marquardt too. So I was looking forward to seeing a rematch between them. Of course Chael Sonnen spoiled the party back in February when he had the audacity to beat Nate the Great in pretty convincing fashion, more convincing in fact than when Silva downed Marquardt. So am I picking Sonnen for the upset here? No chance, I’d love to see it happen, but there’s no way. He might be a bit of a jerk, but Anderson Silva is the best MMA fighter in the world right now and while Chael Sonnen is a very tough guy, so were Forrest Griffin, Travis Lutter , Rich Franklin, and Chris Leben, and Silva embarrassed all of them. He’s just got too much talent to lose to Chael Sonnen. I say Silva KO’s him in the  second round. Don’t feel bad if you’re a Sonnen fan though, Silva’s got too much talent to lose to anybody on the planet, Georges St. Pierre included.

Jon Fitch vs Thiago Alves

This fight is a rematch. Fitch scored a TKO at the end of the second round when these two met back in 2006. Since then Fitch has traveled the conservative road, he picked his fights carefully and managed to secure himself a title shot with George St. Pierre, and although it was St. Pierre who had his had raised after the fifth round; there’s something to be said for a guy who can go 5 with GSP. Alves on the other hand took some crazy fights; on my score card he fought and won 4 fights I didn’t think he had a chance in. But he won them all and earned his shot at St. Pierre. The result was the same though, Alves went the distance, but the night belonged to the champ.  So when these two square off on Saturday I see the rematch going to Alves this time. There’s no question that Fitch is a world class wrestler, but Josh Koscheck and Matt Hughes were pretty good wrestlers too, and Alves disposed of both of them. I think the loss to Fitch last time was a turning point in The Pitbull’s career and think you’ll see Thiago Alves win by TKO in the second round.

Clay Guida vs Raphael Dos Anjos

I will never pick anybody to beat Clay Guida. Guida is the epitome of MMA is about, he works hard, is always in great shape, puts on an exciting fight every time he gets in the ring, and is a true sportsman as well. If you’re not sure what MMA announcers mean when they say that a fighter “leaves everything in the cage” just watch a Clay Guida fight and you’ll understand. Unfortunately he’s only 8-7 in his last 15 fights so I’m wrong a little less than half the time when he fights though. However this time I’m not picking solely based the mancrush I have on Guida. I really think he’s a better fighter. I say Guida wins a unanimous decision.

Matt Hughes vs Ricardo Almeida

It will be interesting to see how this plays out. First of all Matt Hughes has always done well against Gracie fighters, and second of all Matt Hughes isn’t as washed up as people want to believe. He lost two fights to Georges St. Pierre, had a bad night against Thiago Alves, and made beating Matt Serra look harder than it should have been. That hardly makes him washed up. Hughes took 5 fights in two years back on 2006 and 2007 and they caught up with him, he’s had to years of just taking a fight every 12 months and on Saturday you’ll see him TKO Brazilian Jui Jitsu Black Belt Ricardo Ameida.

Roy Nelson vs Junior Dos Santos

Would somebody please shut Roy Nelson up? How does the fattest man in pro sports have  a 16 -4 record? Please Junior, KO this trash talking, doughnut chomping chump. My pick is Dos Santos by KO in the third round.

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