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Smurfs High Five

STL010746.jpg Justice League Rebirth #1> Spinning out of the events of DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1, a new day dawns for Earth’s greatest heroes as they welcome three new members to the team, including…Superman? Who is this strange visitor from a dead world-and can he be trusted? Batman and Wonder Woman aren’t so sure. (W) Bryan Hitch

Tokyo Ghost #8 Tokyo Ghost #8> The Tokyo Ghost has come for Davey Trauma…but Constable Led Dent stands in the way. (W) Rick Remender (A) Sean Gordon Murphy

Black Science #22 Black Science #22> In a hotheaded attempt to rescue his daughter, Grant McKay threatens to unravel a peace treaty between three godlike races, putting the entire Eververse at risk! Big changes, bigger action, and a stunning climax that will shake the world of BLACK SCIENCE to it’s very foundations. (W) Rick Remender (A) Matteo Scalera

 Amazing Spiderman #15> “Power Play” comes to its rousing conclusion! Regent’s master plan is working until Mary Jane Watson gets into the fray! (W) Dan Slott (A) Giuseppe Camuncoli (CA) Alex Ross

 Green Lanterns #2> “RAGE PLANET” Chapter Two: In issue #2, the world descends into rage! Crowds are rioting while Simon and Jessica find themselves powerless to stop the carnage. With their backs against the wall and no other options available, Earth’s rookie Green Lanterns take the fight to the Red Lanterns’ Bleez! (W) Sam Humphries (A) Robson Rocha, Jay Leisten (CA) Robson Rocha, Joe Prado

Smurfs Pick

Nailbiter #23 Nailbiter #23> “BOUND BY BLOOD,” Part Three. Like Father….like daughter? Does Alice uncover what drove Nailbiter to become a serial killer? (W) Joshua (A) Mike Henderson

Smurfs Take> It must be my inner serial killer trying to get out but I love this dark little book. A town that just produces serial killers is a fantastic idea and the complexity of the story. It pulls you in and not since Dexter have I enjoyed a killer so much.

Trade Paperback of the Week

 Batman Arkham Knight TP Vol 2> In these tales from BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT #5-9, Bane is back-and he’s leading a small army of followers to claim Gotham City as his own! It’s up to Batman to stop him-but a surprising ally may turn the tide of battle against the Dark Knight! And while the Scarecrow gathers his forces, the Suicide Squad takes aim at Bruce Wayne! (W) Peter J. Tomasi, Tim Seeley (A) Viktor Bogdanovic & Various

Figure of the Week

 Walking Dead Fig Mag #12 Abraham> The definitive The Walking Dead figurine collection, presenting characters from the TV series, in meticulously rendered 1:21 scale. Each figurine comes with a character booklet. All figurines subject to licensor approval

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Contenders for June 29, 2016

 Dark Knight III Master Race #5> Batman and Robin prepare for war with the Master Race, and an ally returns from an unlikely place.. (W) Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello (A/CA) Andy Kubert, Klaus Janson

 East of West #27> “FINDING BABYLON” Death gets closer to finally reuniting with his son. (W) Jonathan Hickman (A/CA) Nick Dragotta

 Darth Vader #22> Vader takes on Cylo and his cybernetic operatives. The Executor moves closer to completion in time for its launch. Meanwhile – the murderbots take on their “master”. (W) Kieron Gillen (A/CA) Salvador Larroca

 Black Panther #3> The most anticipated Marvel series since Whedon & Cassaday’s Astonishing X-Men! The Midnight Angels continue the liberation of Wakanda with extreme prejudice, and T’Challa’s indecisions could cost him more than just the throne. Coates and Stelfreeze weave a quintessential Black Panther tale that will change the tapestry of the Marvel Universe forever. (W) Ta-Nehisi Coates (A/CA) Brian Stelfreeze

 Uncanny X-Men #9> “APOCALYPSE WARS” CONTINUES! Fearing their teammate Archangel has once more fallen under the sway of the villainous Apocalypse, Psylocke and Magneto have embarked on a mission to save his life. But little did Psylocke suspect that the mission would bring her face-to-face with her former flame, Fantomex! (And believe me, things did NOT end on good terms!) Meanwhile, Sabretooth and M make a horrifying discovery in the Morlock tunnels beneath New York City. A ghost from M’s past has resurfaced…and she’s determined to make this run-in their last! (W) Cullen Bunn (A) Ken Lashley (CA) Greg Land

Smurfs Pick

Image Giant-Sized Artist’s Proof Edition: Injection #1 Image Giant Sized Artists Proof Edition: Injection #1> An all-new Image Giantsized artists proof edition series presents special artistic achivements in their raw form in and oversized format. Declan Shavley’s atomospheric line art from Injection #1 is presented in glorious black-and-white ink-washes at 11”X17”. Also includes a full-size cover gallery. (W) Warren Ellis (A) Declan Shalvey

Smurfs take> I think with some art I am more pulled towards the line work and sketches just because it’s what the artist conception was. I have seen in the past where adding color and inks have ruined the picture and it was way better without it so I’m always curious to see pieces like this come out . The art for this book was stellar and can’t wait to get my hands on this.

Trade Paperback of the Week

 Thunderbolts Classic TP Vol 2 New Printing> The Thunderbolts’ true identities as the villainous Masters of Evil have been revealed to the world! Leader Baron Zemo’s plans for global domination have been put into effect! The world’s greatest super heroes have fallen under Zemo’s mental control – including the Avengers, Fantastic Four and more! Who can stop Zemo’s mad plans from escalating before it’s too late? Only the Thunderbolts! Their time in the heroic limelight has changed some of them for the better, and they’re not ready to give up these new lives just yet. But are these former villains willing to complete their redemption and fully side with the angels? Or will hard decisions and deadly consequences split the team right down the middle? Guest-starring Black Widow, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and the Heroes for Hire! Collecting THUNDERBOLTS (1997) #6-14 and HEROES FOR HIRE (1997) #7. (W/A) Various (CA) Mark Bagley

Statue of the Week

 NBX Femme Fatales Sally PVC Figure> A Diamond Select Toys release! She’s no nightmare! This static vinyl figure of Sally from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas depicts the shy, stitched-together girl holding her basket of food on a stony path in Halloween Town. With a detailed sculpt and exacting paint applications, this approximately 9″ scale figure is in scale with other Femme Fatales statues. Packaged in a full-color window box.

Video of the Week

 Kung Fu Panda 3> Po is at it again as he returns in the third installment of this fun-filled, animated adventure. After Po is reunite with his long lost father, he travels to a fantastic panda paradise where he meets a host of wacky characters. It all seems perfect until the evil villain Kai begins traveling all of China defeating the best kung fu masters. Po must learn to overcome his past and band together with his silly, fun-loving panda friends in order to stand against Kai. Can Po lead the ultimate kung fu panda army? Or will Kai win once and for all?

Smurfs Take> What can I say, I have a soft spot for Jack Black and…….Pandas

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Contenders for June 22, 2016

 Doctor Strange #9> “THE LAST DAYS OF MAGIC” continues! Stripped of all of his magic, Stephen Strange scours the globe for any weapon he can use against the Empirikul. (W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Chris Bachalo

 Mighty Thor #8> “LORDS OF MIDGARD” STARTS NOW! Corporate espionage, Marvel-style. Some of the world’s most powerful and evil corporations are going to war over turf. With Thor caught in the middle. That’s if Jane Foster can first escape from the clutches of… S.H.I.E.L.D.? (W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Russell Dauterman

Pretty Deadly #10 Pretty Deadly #10> The second arc concludes with the death of Sarah (W) Kelly Sue DeConnick (A) Emma Rios

 Power Man and Iron Fist #5> THE LINES ARE OPEN, CALLERS! What’s the TRUE story of the radio DJ, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Manslaughter Marsdale, and the hot dog vendor? There are TWO sides to every story? Luke and Danny should be so lucky! Luke is trying to control the narrative, but it’s impossible when NO ONE can get enough of POWER MAN AND IRON FIST! (W) David Walker (A/CA) Flaviano Armentaro

 Deadpool Vs. Gambit #1> Gambit-one of the smoothest, best-looking operators in the world of the X-Men. Deadpool-one of the most annoying, ugliest dirtbags in the world of everything. Naturally, these guys got beef. But do you know what they have in common? A secret history of working together to pull con-jobs. That’s right-the grift is on as the Regeneratin’ Degenerate and the Ragin’ Cajun begrudgingly take on one last job together. Writers Ben Acker & Ben Blacker (THUNDERBOLTS, The Thrilling Adventure Hour) and artist Danilo Beyruth (GWENPOOL) lead us into the dirty underbelly of Deadpool and the squeaky-clean abs of Gambit! (W) Ben Acker, Ben Blacker (A) Danillo Beyruth (CA) Kevin Wada

Smurfs Pick

 Tobin’s Spirit Guide: Official Ghostbusters Edition HC> This dynamic in-universe book takes fans inside the world of Ghostbusters like never before. Tobin’s Spirit Guide is a comprehensive supernatural encyclopedia used by our heroes to research ghouls and ghosts. For the first time, this fully illustrated tome will allow fans to pore through the pages of this legendary guide to learn all about the things that go bump in the night-from Class 5 Free-Roaming Vapors to giant Sloars! This newly revised and updated version, written by veteran Ghostbusters Ray Stantz and Egon Spengler, brings the original text up to date with entries on the ghosts and ghouls they’ve tackled, including Slimer, Mr. Stay Puft, and Vigo the Carpathian. (W) Erik Burnham (A/CA) Kyle Holtz

Smurfs Take> I know this isn’t really a comic and maybe it’s just my inner Ghostbuster wanting to get out. I have always wondered about this book since it’s mention in the movie and now here is your chance to own it. Sooooo excited to read through it and see what kind of crazy creatures are within.

Trade Paperback of the Week

 DC The New Frontier TP> Darwyn Cooke’s acclaimed epic is back in a new title collecting the 6-issue miniseries plus JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE NEW FRONTIER SPECIAL #1! When Cold War paranoia outlawed the heroes of the Golden Age, stalwarts such as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman continued to fight for truth and justice. But as the world hurtled toward an uncertain future, a new breed of hero would define the American Way! (W) Darwyn Cooke (A) Darwyn Cooke & Various (CA) Darwyn Cooke

Smurf Take> With the recent passing of Darwyn Cooke I’m so happy they brought this back in trade. This was a remarkable story, loved when they did an original animated movie for it. This is one that should never be overlooked by any comic book enthusiast.

Statue of the Week

Marvel Femme Fatales Lady Deadpool PVC Figure> A Diamond Select Toys release! She’s beautiful! She’s deadly! She’s Lady Deadpool, and she’s the newest Femme Fatales PVC figure based on the Marvel Universe! The most fatal of the Marvel femmes so far, Lady Deadpool stands approximately 9″ tall and wields twin katana swords and a pretty killer ponytail atop a small diorama base. She is in scale to Captain Marvel, Lady Thor, and all other Femme Fatales PVC figures. Packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Alejandro Pereira!

Geek Down

Denver Comic Con is this week and we wanted to thank our sponsors who donated items for the raffle held by Cap for Kids an official 501C3 charity. Stop by our booth to register for a chance to win them in addition to a #StanLee signed Captain America shield. #DCC2016 Uncle Joe’s Hong Kong Bistro Time Warp Comics Meents Illustrated Gerry Mulowayi

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Smurfs High Five

Contenders for June 8, 2016

 Wonder Woman Rebirth #1> After suffering an unimaginable loss, Wonder Woman must rebuild her mission as Earth’s ultimate protector and champion.  DON’T MISS: New York Times best selling writer Greg Rucka returns to Wonder Woman with a tale that will forever alter the DC icon. (W) Greg Rucka (A) Paulo Siqueira, Liam Sharp (CA) Liam Sharp

 Darth Vader #21> Vader takes on Cylo and his cybernetic operatives. The Executor moves closer to completion in time for its launch.  Meanwhile – the murderbots take on their “master”. (W) Kieron Gillen (A/CA) Salvador Larroca

 Guardians of the Galaxy #9> GAMORA AND DRAX FIGHT A MONSTER OF THE BADOON! The two most deadly people in the galaxy together again! Drax and Gamora go on a side mission involving the Badoon that’s going to put their skills to the test like never before. But the Badoon aren’t just playing the same old game and these Guardians are going to have to learn the rules really quickly. (W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Valerio Schiti (CA) Arthur Adams

Shutter #22 Shutter #22> Shutter will return September 2016 (W) Joe Keating (A) Leila Dle Duca

 Detective Comics #934> “RISE OF THE BATMEN” chapter one
An unknown predator begins outdoing Batman, taking down dangerous threats with military precision. It’s up to the Dark Knight and series costar Batwoman to rally and train the young heroes of Gotham City to end this mysterious threat! WHAT NOW: Batman and Batwoman begin training Spoiler, Red Robin and Cassandra Cain, but is the villainous Clayface ready for redemption? (W) James TynionIV (A/CA) Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira

Smurfs Pick

 Flash Rebirth #1> Spinning directly out of the epic events of DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1, the fastest man alive finds himself at the center of a DC Universe at a crossroads. WARNING: Do NOT read this issue until after you read DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1! (W) Joshua Williamson (A) Carmine Di (CA) Karl Kerschl

Smurfs Take> One of the other heroes I always catch flack on is Flash. Not as bad as Aquaman but he is just about as underrated and misunderstood because all he can do is run really fast. Truth is he is a fairly powerful character and the main reason for the “New 52” taking place to begin with. I have always said the I prefer Wally over Barry but to be honest Barry has grown on me since his return in the New 52 and I hope that the new story continues with the same momentum.    

Trade Paperback of the Week

 Deadpool Classic TP Killogy Vol 16> Wade Wilson stars in a killogy of chaos! It begins when (spoilers!) Deadpool kills the Marvel Universe! But what could drive another dimension’s DP to murderize every other costumed hero and villain on his world? And his bloodlust doesn’t stop there. Not when the Ideaverse is full of the fabled icons of classic literature – you know, the ones your parents read about in books. And not when there are multiple realities, harboring infinite Mercs with infinite Mouths. Before this Wade’s work is done, every one of them must be silenced – permanently! Only one man can avert regenerating de-genocide. To catch a Deadpool, you need a Deadpool. And it just so happens the Wade Wilson you know and love is the Deadpooliest of them all! Collecting DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE #1-4, DEADPOOL KILLUSTRATED #1-4 and DEADPOOL KILLS DEADPOOL #1-4. (W) Cullen Bunn (A) Dalibor Talajic, Matteo Lolli (CA) Salva Espin

Statue of the Week

 Marvel Black Panther Fine Art Statue> From Kotobukiya. A Kotobukiya Japanese import! The latest elite Fine Art Statue in the Marvel Comics Presents Kotobukiya Collection adds a classic Avenger and royal hero with the mighty Black Panther! The most recent in a long line of chieftains of the Panther Clan, T’Challa is the leader of the African nation of Wakanda, and his connection to the Panther God has given him enhanced abilities which he uses to defend his nation and the world alongside the Avengers as the Black Panther. T’Challa is a brilliant scientist in addition to a superhero and has created many high-tech devices using the unique vibranium found in his home country. Now the feline-inspired hero has been immortalized in Fine Art Statue form, the definitive Black Panther collectible! Lurking in the shadows and preparing to strike, Black Panther crouches on ancient ruins and keeps watch over his prey. The Avenger wears his iconic Wakandan vibranium costume, a sleek black bodysuit with integrated gloves, boots, and full mask plus a high collar and long cape. T’Challa watches intently through the menacing white eyes of his costume, and the outfit is accented with golden claws, belt, necklace of office, and feline-inspired armbands. Displaying the grace and patience of his namesake, Black Panther is tense and ready to attack with muscles taught and claws spread. The Avenger is intricately detailed with piping and creases on his costume, the subtle expression on his face through his mask, and of course his glorious flowing cape. Black Panther is approx.12″ tall (1/6 scale) crouched atop a beautiful georama display base of an ancient panther statue overgrown with foliage. Display this incredible version of T’Challa alone or alongside other Avengers Fine Art Statues from Kotobukiya! 

Video of the Week

Zootopia> Zootopia is a city filled with talking animals. When a fox has to run from a crime he didn’t commit, the best cop in the city has to chase him down. That cop happens to be a rabbit. Things are not always what they seem in Zootopia. The fox and rabbit become embroiled in a conspiracy that threatens to bring them both down. They’ll have to work together to find out what’s really going on in Zootopia. Can enemies save each other’s lives and become friends?

 

Dead Zone

Creepy Colorado: The Reynolds Gang Treasure

A well-known nickname for our state is, “Colorful Colorado”. It can be seen on all the highway signs when crossing the border into Colorado welcoming visitors. This nickname is derived from the state’s magnificent scenery of mountains, rivers, and plains. While the state may be colorful in its scenery, it has also had a colorful history. Mining operations, Plutonium warhead plants, and other unique spikes on our states timeline set us aside from any other state. This unique history is not the sort of history you would find in your high school text book. My goal for this series of articles is to touch on the bizarre and obscure history that our state has to offer welcome to Creepy Colorado. This month we delve into a tale of death, mystery, and treasure.

Living in Colorado we have all heard of gold in the mountains and hills, the gold rush was a pivotal piece in our states history and led to its initial booming growth. While this story comes from the same era, it is a legend of buried treasure which to this day is still hidden and unclaimed in the untamed wilderness.

jim & john.png In July 1894 Colorado’s only invasion of the Civil War occurred. Jim Reynolds and 8 Confederate sympathizers began a raid of the Colorado Territory. Their goal was to rob local gold mines in an effort to assist in funding the Confederate cause. The gang began their attacks outside of Fairplay starting with Adolph Guirand and stealing his horses, cash, and molesting his wife. Their next stop was a stage coach station where their estimated value of stolen items to be over $3,000. Heading over Kenosha pass they hit another stage coach house stealing more horses. With success the gang’s boldness and efforts grew with larger attacks and higher more profitable yields.

Texas_Rangers_Company_D_1894.jpg A local man near Conifer by the name of Mr. Berry began to grow concerned of the gang’s activities and attempted to raise a posse aimed at taking the men dead or alive. Mr. Berry tracked the gang’s whereabouts down and on July 30th a posse was organized and set out in pursuit. The Reynolds Gang had set up camp in the forest while en route to Shaffer’s Crossing and encountered the posse. A gunfight quickly ensued leaving one outlaw by the name of Owen Singleterry dead. One of the posse’s members decapitated Owen to take his head back to Fairplay preserving it in alcohol and placing it on display as a trophy. Fleeing for their lives the remaining gang members quickly buried their entire loot. The gang was blamed for every robbery within the area and for that it was estimated the gang stashed up to $100,000. With the death of Owen, a larger posse was composed totaling over 75 men and soon began pursuit of the remaining gang members. Within 4 days 4 more of the outlaws were captured. Eventually a 5th member of the gang would be captured while attempting to flee to canyon city. Ringleaders of the gang Jim and John Reynolds made their escape to New Mexico where John would eventually meet his demise.

The two outlaws continued their pillaging in New Mexico till John Reynolds was shot attempting to steal horses outside of Taos. As John lay dying he shared his story to fellow outlaw Albert Brown. John drew a map for Brown in his final moments, promising him gold and buried greenbacks. After Reynolds died, Brown and his partners traveled to the South Park area in search of the treasure. Unfortunately upon their arrival Brown and his partners discovered that a forest fire had ravaged the area destroying most of the landmarks that Reynolds had given them. While they were able to find the scene of the skirmish via a decapitated skeleton and horse bones in the marshy landscape the cache was never found. Three more attempts to find the treasure were made by Brown and his gang to no avail. After being mortally wounded in a skirmish in Wyoming Brown shared the map and information on his death bed with Detective David J. Cook a Colorado Lawman.

In 1897 Cook’s autobiography publicized the treasure giving his word for word conversation with Brown from his bedside. Cook recreates Brown’s conversation with Reynolds and some of the details as follows:

“Jim and me buried the treasure the morning before the posse attack on Geneva Gulch. You go up above there a little ways and find where one of our horses mired down in a swamp. On up at the head of the gulch we turned to the right and followed the mountain around a little farther, and just above the head of Deer Creek, we found an old prospect hole at about timberline. There, we placed $40,000 in greenbacks, wrapped in silk oil cloth, and three cans of gold dust. We filled the mouth of the hole up with stones, and ten steps below, struck a butcher knife into a tree about four feet from the ground and broke the handle off, and left it pointing toward the mouth of the hole.” – Excerpt from “Hands up; or, Thirty-five years of detective life in the mountains and on the plains“, Detective David J. Cook’s Autobiography

 

By all accounts over 152 years later the treasure still lies buried in the Mountains of Colorado waiting to one day be discovered. While many have attempted to find it over the years it awaits someone fortunate and maintains its place as one of Colorado’s great mysteries.