Monday, June 29, 2009





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Friday, June 26, 2009


1) Berserker #1 Hmmm. Hmmmm. Scared. That’s the word. I was scared, andslightly freaked out by this book. Especially the end. Do not flip to it. Justread the whole thing. Not in the dark though, and definitely don’t grab aflashlight and slip under the covers and read this. Definitely don’t do that.Unless of course, you like to be freaked out, then by all means. Read thisunder the covers. Freak out, then think of me.

Dark Flaxen says… yes to Berserker.
2) Gotham City Sirens #1

In one of my previous reviews, I bashed the “Bat”. While I still feel confident that DC must get a million new and brilliant ideas for original stories every day more compelling then the constant rehashing of the
same Bat-plot, I must say I thoroughly enjoyed, Gotham City Sirens #1. Not only does the team behind this new series successfully bring in elements from all of the Batman incarnations and make them feel fresh, but they present the ‘Sirens’ of Gotham (Cat Woman, Poison Ivy and Harlequin) in one of the most respectful ways I’ve ever seen women be portrayed in super hero comics. These gals are smart, sexy, strong and kick ass. The only buzz kill is on the very last page, which is disappointing, cause other wise I would have given this book my highest recommendation.

Dark Flaxen says… Grrrrrrrlllll Power!

3) Predator #1

I really don’t get the whole Predator thing. I know that I’m not a twelve year old boy, but still- lame. The ironic thing is, Dark Horse’s new take on the franchise is actually really good, and would have definitely gotten the thumbs up from this girl, if only they’d not wasted frames on these stupid outdated action figures that were never that compelling to begin with. The art, flow and pacing reminded my of the hours I lost (and loved) in the world of Resident Evil 5 (PS3), and every character in the book, save for the Predators, works.

Dark Flaxen says… skip pages 6-7, 18, 22-23, and this is worth picking up.

4) Dark Wolverine #1

Damn! I guess I need to eat my words again! A few reviews back I condemned the entire world of X-Men, and now Marvel puts out Dark Wolverine, which is a terrific book, and yes, Marvel, I appreciate the obvious nod to me, Dark Flaxen. Wolverine’s son is all macho-bad-ass-rebel-gooey-sexiness and this first book sets the stage for a compelling and complex character whose set to rock my world.

Dark Flaxen says… The chip off the old blade is as bad as he should be, and that is just fine by me. Varrrroooom!

5) Starcraft #2

I mean, maybe if I was into the Blizzard game series, Starcraft, this would work for me, but I’mnot, and I’m assuming if you’re not, this isn’t the way to get into this world. It feels dated, I’m a little sick of being thrown into space battles with people I don’t care about, and I kind of take offense to the chick on the cover with the big boobs. Plus, it’s a lot of dialog to cram into your head for no pay off.

Dark Flaxen says… A must if you’re into the game.

6) Lethal Legion 1 of 3

Yes. Yes, I like this. Feels good. Good start, good characters, funny, sad at points, touching even. The man-shark was even a sympathetic character. Good ending. Want more. Nuff said.

Dark Flaxen says… Yes. Buy this book. Get into it. Only three issues. Worth the read.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The JEDI SABER GIRLS uncensored at GA!!

Today was the best day of our life: The sultry SABER GIRLS came to Golden Apple for a JEDI Duel!! CHECK IT OUT!


May the Force Be With Them.....

Friday, June 19, 2009


Come celebrate the release of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. On Wednesday June 24 from 4-7pm Jack FM will be at Golden Apple tp help promote the biggest movie of the summer.

Get hooked up with Transformers Movie Swag: -Cast Autographed Movie Poster (Grand Prize)-Golden Aple Gift Card-Kmart Gift Cards-Activision Video Game-Movie Posters-Movie Action Figures

Plus, FREE MOVIE COMIC BOOK for the first 500 fans

Thursday, June 18, 2009

DARK FLAXEN SAYS....more kick-ass reviews from the Golden Princess

1) Executive Assistant Iris #1 - Top Cow Productions

It took some effort for me to open this book Ĺ’cause... THE CHICK ON THE FRONT IS SO FREAK¹N HOT. Like Megan Fox meets Olivia Munn hot. Damn. All
tattooed and pantied up and stroking her bushido. Damn damn. The first page doesn¹t disappoint and draws you right in. The entire thing is extremely well done. Amazing pacing, great story, great characters, and plenty of Iris kicking ass.

Dark Flaxen says... Make this thing into a movie- NOW!

2) Herogasm #2 - Dynomite Entertainment

Gross, nasty, depraved, deviant, dumb... and the most fun I've had reading a book in a long time. It's laugh out loud funny. The Tick funny, if the Tick liked getting his rocks off between fights.

Dark Flaxen says... Yes, yes, yes, that's it, yes, yes... Read Herogasm. Join the Revolution.

3) Mr. Negative #1 - Marvel Comics

The cover art on Mr. Negative is really intricate and clearly very meaningful to the folks behind issue #1- which should tip you off that your in for a shit load of detail, and this book doe not disappoint. However, I'm not really a detail oriented gal, so it kind of bored me and lost me a few pages in.

Dark Flaxen says... Not my thing, but If you¹ve got tons of time on your hands, and the desire to fill your brain with information you'll never apply in the real world, this one's for you.

Dead @ 17 Afterbirth #1 - Image Comics

I'm normally not a big fan of CG art in comic books, but something about Dead @ 17 look worked for me. Love the sassy attitude, the clothing, and the lead chicks kinda rule. The pacing's off and the dialog gets wordy, which took me out of the story from time to time.

Dark Flaxen says... Chick comic, but good chick comic.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

BERSERKER #1; RAGE Edition revealed!!

Check it out! meet Milo & the gang in-store next week. SAT JUNE 27 1pm

Monday, June 15, 2009

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


1) Red Robin #1

I can't believe I'm going to say this, but, it's me, Dark Flaxen, so, what the Hell... I'm tired of Batman. I don't want to keep seeing it being reborn, or redone. It's boring. Red Robin is cool, don't get me wrong, but why? Why do we need another take on the Dark Knight? I don't get it. The last movie was depressing, and despite a face lift, there's still nothing new with this franchise. DC, you've got so much power, so many creators, so many cool concepts - put your energy into new stuff.

Dark Flaxen says: Come on DC!

2) Anna Mercury 2 Issue #1

Geeeeezzzz!!! Anna Mercury 2 RULES! The thing starts out with a free fall that you will not forget - total rush! I love her. The story telling is really fresh, and when you get to the twist, you'll be genuinely surprised. I'm with you Avatar, keep it up!

Dark Flaxen says: A resounding YES to Anna Mercury 2. Total breath of freshair. Whew!

3) Trinity #1

First, love the nod to Vallejo from cover artist, Stjepan Sejic, which setthe perfect stage for the awesome start of Top Cow's, Trinity, Blood on theSands. I love books like this one, that, despite the complexity of thesubject matter, kick off the story in a clear and concise way. Plus, how can you not love a book whose dialog launches with, You smell like camel dung²and that offers a wicked be heading three panels in! Trinity has witches too,which is always good, and lots of cool magic and magical accoutrements.

Dark Flaxen says: Kind of a chick-comic, but still kick's ass.


1) Buck Rogers #1

I was sold on Dynamite's new Buck Rogers series because of two names: Flint Dille and Alex Ross - to bad they seem to have had no impact on a confusing and disjointed start to what can be an amazing rebirth of a great series. Carlos Rafael did an honorable job with the illustrations, no comment there, and the pacing and dialog are fun. But the simplicity of what made all the other incarnations of Buck Rogers work is simply not present in issue #1. But, I'm intrigued, and by the end of issue one, I wanted more....

Dark Flaxen says: Dynamite's Buck Rogers series has so much potential, but it might be smart to do a bit of homework about the franchise before youpick up Issue #1. So...Lets support this effort, and have faith that Dynamite will step up and really do it justice moving forward. We don't need to be spoon fed, Dynamite, but we like our Buck like we like our shots, straight up, no mixers.

2) New Mutants #1

Just terrific. Seriously. Terrific. And as those of you who checked out my comments on Runaways #10 last week know, I'm not a fan of X-Men stuff ingeneral. But New Mutants #1 looks to change that. I loved this from page 1. This series from Marvel, now in its second printing, is a blast. A perfect balance of great story, comedy, action and art.

Dark Flaxen says: If you must X-Men, New Mutant #1.

MILO & Berserker Next Week


Friday, June 5, 2009


New Avengers #5 features Golden
Apple being attacked and

I'll be back next
week with more reviews...
and there's nothin'
you can do about it!

-Art by James Schroeder


Get In Line, This is a guaranteed sell out. Captain America issue #600 will be on sale MONDAY morning, June 15 at 11am. Don't wait until Wednesday to own a piece of comic history for only 5 bucks, it will be GONE.

THE STORY: Where were you when Captain America died? It's the anniversary of the day Steve Rogers was killed, a day of reflection and mourning in the Marvel U...a time to look back on the things Steve did and what he stood for... or is this issue actually the beginning of the most wicked plot twist since issue 25? Yeah, actually it's both. Plus, contributions from Cap creators past and present, including a very special essay by Joe Simon, a classic story from Cap’s Golden Age, a full gallery of 600 Cap covers, and more anniversary shenanigans than you can shake a shield at! New and Reprints/Rated T …$4.99

On Sale Monday June 15 at 11am - Golden Apple 7018 Melrose Ave (at la Brea)

(323) 658-6047 for more info

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

DARK FLAXEN Reviews!!!

She's Baaacckk!!! Sort of. Golden Apple's living logo FLAXEN hasn't been in the spotlight for many years..until now: Meet DARK FLAXEN, her alter-ego. She's our newest 30th Anniverssary unveil for 2009.

Reviews, Blogs, Insight & Much More.........

1) Pride and Prejudice- Issue #1 of 5

When I first heard Marvel Comics was taking on Jane Austin's, "Pride and Prejudice", I thought, now that¹s an odd choice. I mean, there's militia in the classic tale, but it's pretty much Gossip Girl set in 19th Century England. When you see the cover they created for the first issue, you get
that Marvel got that concept too, because its¹ laid out like the cover of a teen girl magazine, enticing a passerby with promises of gossip, fashion, personal advice, and lots of boys. Thankfully, the team at Marvel got their kicks out on the cover, cause the first issue is totally respectful of the original story.

This comic adaptation of Pride and Prejudice honors Austin with not only a well thought out, well written and well paced version, but Marvel's color choice ­ a wash of rich amber tones and warm Fall colors- sets the right mood from page one. I also commend the team on capturing the subtlety of the original- which I suspect was not easy to pull off in panel form.

Dark Flaxen says- Make yourself a nice hot cup of tea and settle in with Marvel Comics, Pride and Prejudice.

2) Mouse Guard: Winter 1152- #6

I've begun reading David Peterson¹s series, Mouse Guard: Winter 1152, six issues in to what is obviously a very compelling, complex and deep story. With my only experience in the realm of talking mice being those Stuart Little and Fievel Pictures, I was expecting adventure, but nothing could have prepared me for the rush I felt when the brave Redfur took on a giant owl with what looked like a plastic swizzle stick or the sadness I felt at some mouse named Lieam¹s untimely passing in a barren snow covered meadow. The story instantly draws you in.

This tale seems epic, dimmed a bit by Peterson¹s art, which I¹m sorry to say, should have been done by someone who could match Peterson's brilliant storytelling. But, the he¹s included rabbits that talk with British accents and some pretty heavy themes, so the whole thing works for me.

Dark Flaxen says- Seems like a great story, and if you're down with the actual writings of JRR Tolkien and you got a thing for mice, this is the perfect series for you!

3) Ignition City #3

Ok, I have no idea what the hell is going on in this story, but I freak'n love it! The art, the tough sexy chicks, the tension, the blatant homage¹s to everything from Rocketeer to the Iron Giant- Warren Ellis¹ Ignition City has me completely enthralled. It's the borrows from the a ton of other stories, but it does so with it¹s own style.

Dark Flaxen says- Get it for the purty pictures, stay for the action.

4) Runaways #10

Runaways tries way way way to hard. Period.

Dark Flaxen says- If you're an LA hipster wanting to find a comic book with insider references, enjoy this disjointed offensive offering from Marvel. If you think Runaways is a good addition to your X-Men library, it's not.

-June 3, 2009

GA Featured in DARK AVENGERS #5!

Thanks to our friends at Marvel - Brian Bendis & David Gabriel, Golden Apple is featured in a very cool splash page at the end of NEW AVENGERS #5. Now you know why we had to move down the block on melrose....You can blow up our shop anytime!!