Drifter #1 [Advanced Review]: The Sky is Full of Stars and Mystery

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by Zachary Clemente Written by Ivan Brandon, Art & Colors by Nic Klein, Letters by Clem Robins, Design by Tom Muller, Edited by Sebastian Griner, Published by Image Comics. Mankind’s colonization of the galaxy has left countless planets mined bare and lifeless. A space transport crashes onto a backwater world whose unique properties set the stage for a story that combines the […]

No Joke: The New Sabrina is Scary Good

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By Matthew Jent Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1 Story: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Artwork: Robert Hack Lettering: Jack Morelli Covers: Robert Hack Publisher: Archie Comic Publications, Inc.   Poor little witch-girl. Where can we start with Sabrina, the Teenage Witch? She has a history that goes back to 1962, which makes her the same age as Spider-Man. […]

I Really Hope You Read the Lead-Ins: Reviewing Avengers X-Men AXIS #1

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Have you been reading Uncanny Avengers?  You’ll want to catch up on that before reading AXIS.  I guess you probably ought to catch up on Magneto, too.  Maybe the other Avengers titles, maybe not.  I’m not remotely current, so I was scratching my head at a lot of the things going on in this comic.  Now, Beat columnist […]

Jason Aaron and Ron Garney get angry in ‘Men of Wrath’

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by Alexander Jones If Men of Wrath‘s ‘Mail of Wrath’ letters column is true, author Jason Aaron has one bleak family tree. His latest creator-owned title comes from the same deep, dark pit that birthed his previous collaboration in the space, Southern Bastards; and even if he is bringing in a different team for this […]

Annihilator #1: Where the Personal Meets the Weird

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By Matthew Jent Annihilator #1 Writer: Grant Morrison Illustrator: Frazer Irving Letterer: Jared K. Fletcher Book & Logo Designer: John J. Hill Genre: Sci-Fi/Horror   “Get this black mass on the floor.” Annihilator begins with a black hole, but the thrust of its story concerns Ray Spass (pronounced space, as in outer), a screenwriter whose […]

Bloodshed and Bikers – The Vertigo-esque World of G.I. Zombie

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Admit it, if you hear title “Star Spangled War Stories featuring G.I. Zombie,” you’re probably going to wince a little bit.  Especially given the track record DC’s had trying to push war books in the “New 52.”  Still, the writing team is Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, who usually warrant a look and you’ve got […]

Review: Spider-Man 2099 #1 — Everything new is old again

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The Marvel Universe of 2099 debuted in 1993 with four titles, one of which was Spider-Man 2099. The bulk of the series, featuring Miguel O’Hara as Spider-Man battling supervillains and the evil-future-corporation of Alchemax, was written by Peter David.

I love Peter David. He’s a wonderful writer who knows dialogue, structure, and character development. David is a superhero in his own right — when he suffered a stroke in 2012, he broke the news himself on his blog a few days later, and he’s been writing comics pretty consistently since his recovery. It’s flat-out wonderful that David is writing a Spider-Man 2099 comic in the year 2014, the actual 21st century.

ONE AND DONE: The Trouble With First Issues [The Life After #1]

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Sometimes, it’s just not fair to judge a book by its first issue. They’re just so different from what you’ll end up getting on a monthly basis. First issues have an incredible amount of work to do, work that’s extremely hard to do well in 22 pages–in fact, a lot of first issues are a […]

SIX-GUN GORILLA REVIEW: All That And More

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Let’s start with that title, shall we? Calling a story “Six-Gun Gorilla” is a bold and audacious decision, one that’s guaranteed to attract a specific kind of person and give many others pause. If you come to this book cold, you will very likely either somersault with glee or scratch your head and wonder, ‘huh?” […]

Review: Legendary Star Lord #1 – A Good Start

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Falling in line with the upcoming theatrical release of Guardians of the Galaxy, a couple of the team’s more likable (and perhaps a touch more scandalous) characters will also be seeing some center-stage comic debuts. The token human of the group happens to be one of those lucky two; Star Lord! Perhaps better known in the comic itself by his human name, the character Peter Quill will be appearing in his own reoccurring comic entitled Legendary Star Lord.

Review: Skottie Young’s Rocket Raccoon #1 — is it a ‘must have’?

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  By Nicholas Eskey ROCKET RACCOON #1 Writer, artist and cover: Skottie Young Colorist: Jean-Francois Beaulieu When thinking of furry-anthropomorphic characters in comics, my mind for some twisted reason can’t stray from the darker side of the comic realm. But thankfully the only thing that happens to be foul about this certain long tailed raccoon […]

Review: ‘Comics: A Global History, 1968 to the Present’ paints a worldly picture

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by Alexa Dickman Funny story: A few weeks ago, I got a message on Facebook from an old friend from college. He asked me if I was still blogging, because the publishing company he now works for had a comics history book coming out that took a global view of comics history from 1968 onwards, […]

Review: It’s time for Marvel ocarinas

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Ocarinas aren’t just for Zelda fans any more. St. Louis Ocarinas has released an officially licensed line of Marvel ocarinas in a variety of heroes. And they were kind enough to send one to me to review! Although I don’t talk much about my musical background, I was something of a child prodigy, playing the […]

Vertigo Gets Back To Its Roots: A Look At Coffin Hill: Forest of the Night

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There was a time, early on, when Vertigo was considered more of a horror and dark fantasy line.  Swamp Thing, Hellblazer and Sandman all being prominent parts of the first wave.  Vertigo’s widened its doors considerably since then to include straight up crime and science fiction titles, as well as fantasy with a lighter tone.  It’s […]

Batman Eternal Vs. Futures End, DC’s Two Very Different Weekly Comics

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You probably already know that DC has made weekly comics a big part of their strategy as they wind down their time in NYC and move to Beautiful Downtown Burbank.  Two of the three series have already launched: Batman Eternal and The New 52: Futures End.  The two titles couldn’t be more different and it’s time we […]

The Best Flash Gordon Comic In Quite Some Time

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Flash Gordon has been around for quite awhile.  You’ve got the newspaper strip going back to the 1930s.  Switching over to non-reprint comics, King and Gold Key comics periodically popped up from the 1960s through early 80s.  DC’s reboot by Dan Jurgens in the late 80s.  Marvel did a couple issues in the 90s.  Ardden […]