Review: high fantasy tropes reign, but REYN #1 also surprises

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REYN #1 does quite a bit of world-building for a first issue, in fact the very first page has an astonishing amount of information contained in several narration boxes. The scene opens in a place known as the Barrens: a cracked, dry wasteland bereft of life, save a few leafless tree skeletons. Through the dust clouds emerge an armored rider whom the narration calls a Warden.

Review: POWERS #1 More True Than Any Detective

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Powers by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming is a book that’s moved around a lot. It started as a DC pitch, then came to life at Image, and found a home under Marvel’s Icon imprint. With the book getting ready to make its big move to PlayStations everywhere, (We watched the first episode today and it’s dynamite!) the powers behind Powers are back with a new ongoing series that doesn’t miss a beat.

Review: Burning Fields Burns This Mother Down

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Burning Fields is an analog combination of old school horror like The Thing in combination with the geopolitical drama of a Zero Dark Thirty. Where it plants its feet and sets itself apart is in the perpetual insecurity these pages bring and that is far from a bad thing.

Review: Holy F*#k It’s Rambo Jesus!

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Action Lab Entertainment might not be a familiar name to you but they’ve got great books like Molly Danger and Nutmeg under their belt. The studio continues to further sharpen already edgy ideas with their newest book Holy F*ck.

Advance Review – Project Superpowers: Blackcross#1, Wherein Warren Ellis Takes the Franchise in a Horror Direction

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Project Superpowers: Blackcross #1 Writer: Warren Ellis Artist: Colton Worley Colorist: Morgan Hickman Project Superpowers had a few different titles published by Dynamite around 2008-10.  The line is coming back in March and I’ve had an advance look at the first issue.  It was *not* what I was expecting.  In fact, I’m not entirely sure […]

Review: Jupiter Adds To The Legacy Of Millar & Quitely

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The 10-month gap between issues might be deterrent for anyone who’s been following this series since issue one. However there’s enough in issue five to justify the wait. If we scored books this one would come in damn near perfect.

Review: X “I’m Coming Over… Mostly To Kill”

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There’s X-Men, Xzibit, the band X (if you get the reference I’ll buy you a soft pretzel if you’re onsite at SDCC), and there’s Dark Horse Comics vigilante simply known as X. Since the characters reboot under writer Duane Swierczynski and artist Eric Nguyen the series continues to be a rollercoaster of highs and lows.

Review: Justice League Throne of Atlantis Animated Goes Deep

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Justice League: Throne of Atlantis is the animated film follow up to last year’s Justice League War that introduced the New 52 to DC Animation. The last few movies have been a roller coaster of quality. Flashpoint Paradox was excellent while War and Assault on Arkham suffered from execution problems. While the film has a few standout moments Justice League TOA doesn’t quite parallel the emotional strength of its Geoff Johns Aquaman source material.

Review: It Looks Like Mortal Kombat, It Walks Like Mortal Kombat, But…

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With the highly anticipated next chapter of the game set to release later this year, DC Comics is continuing to capitalize on Warner Bros acquisition of the property with a prequel comic book series. Releasing first digitally, Mortal Kombat X will bridge the gap between the game released in 2011 and its follow up this year.

Review: Red Sonja and Conan Together Again For The First Time

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Simone, Zub, and Panosaian put peanut butter and jelly together then served it alongside a big juicy porterhouse steak. Fans of both characters will find plenty to enjoy in this limited series.

Advance Review: Star Wars Done Right

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Star Wars returns to Marvel, and nearly every other ancillary, non-movie-adventure of Luke Skywalker & Co. has been wiped out of continuity. Back in December we knew that Star Wars #1 would be, almost certainly, the biggest-selling issue of the year with 1 million copies ordered by comics retailers and other outlets. The first issue hits stores this week, with launch parties, dozens of variant covers, and a major media push. But what about what’s actually on the page?

To put it simply: this feels like Star Wars.

Review: When Marvel Comics went Underground by Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson

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The Best of Comix Book: When Marvel Went Underground, published by Dark Horse under the imprint of the Kitchen Sink Press from Denis Kitchen and John Lind is now available. It’s a who’s who of some of the top names in comics. The Introduction is written by none other than Stan Lee himself with a foreword by Denis Kitchen.

I had the opportunity to sit down with Denis Kitchen and John Lind in October at New York Comic Con to discuss the latest publishing efforts from Kitchen Sink Press. Denis Kitchen is considered to be the founding publisher of independent and underground comics. He was instrumental in publishing people like R. Crumb, Harvey Pekar, Howard Cruse and Trina Robbins to name a few.It’s especially prescient to look at the work that Denis and John are currently publishing in light of recent world events. The Best of Comix Book showcases some of the best of the underground comics that Denis published with Marvel under Stan Lee’s direction. This momentous occasion occurred during the period when Stan agreed to help Denis continue publishing while Denis was going through difficult financial times.

Review: The 100 Spider War Continues

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Too Many Spiders By David Nieves Amazing Spider-Man #12 Written by Dan Slott   Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli, Cam Smith, and Justin Ponsor  (NO ASM 12 SPOILERS) We all know the cliché about too much of a good thing. Amazing Spider-Man writer Dan Slott probably hasn’t heard it, which is far from a bad thing. […]

Review: Operation SIN returns Agent Carter to the comics

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By Matthew Jent Operation S.I.N. #1 Credits: Writer: Kathryn Immonen Artist: Rich Ellis Colorist: Jordan Byrd Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino Cover Artist: Michael Komarck Variant Cover Artists: Gabriel Hardman & Jordan Boyd; Skottie Young Publisher: Marvel Comics Genre: Superhero/Spy   “Oh God, you meant actual aliens.”   Operation: S.I.N. hits shelves today, starring Agent Peggy […]

Advance Review: Wolverines #1

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Who’s Been Polishing Wolverine By David Nieves Written by Charles Soule Art by Nick Bradshaw, Allison Borges Being fans you probably know by now that no one stays dead in comics. Countless characters have come and gone through the revolving door of comic book death. The real payoff for these stories rarely ever happens in […]

One Day Early: An Ant-Man #1 Review — (Hint, If You Like Hawkeye, You Might Like This)

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Ant-Man has the advance buzz as Nick Spencer’s follow-up to his sublime run on Superior Foes of Spider-Man.  That buzz is probably comparing Ant-Man to the wrong book, but this is still something in that general corner of the Marvel universe and worth your time. Superior Foes was a grand farce.  Pure comedy.  Ant-Man has […]