REVIEW: Avengers Undercover #1– out of the arena

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Tweet Written by: Dennis Hopeless Art by : Kev Walker Colors by: Jean Francois Beaulieu Publisher by: Marvel By Matt O’Keefe Avengers Undercover is a direct sequel to Avengers Arena, but writer Dennis Hopeless does a great job giving readers all the necessary info in the first page. It sums up the status quo for the […]

Review: Marvel’s got backstory in New Batch of #1s (Moon Knight, Magneto, Wolverine & The X-Men)

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TweetMarvel released three new #1s this week.  Revivals of Moon Knight and Magneto and a new first issue of Wolverine & The X-men that is little more than a renumbering.  Reading them in a single sitting, the interesting thing was observing how each title handled the issue of backstory.  Marvel has a tendency to tie […]

The Aesthetic Hybridity of Fumio Obata’s ‘Just So Happens’

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Tweet Just So Happens By Fumio Obata Published by Jonathan Cape Buy This Book Upon first impression of Fumio Obata’s new graphic novel, Just So Happens, I was struck with a lot of similar impressions that arose whilst reading a related, albeit a hastily associated work, Glyn Dillon’s Nao of Brown. Sure, both recount stories […]

Mike Taylor: NO/FUTURE

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Tweet “Culture seeks narrators and fiction is a narrative prerogative.” This quote is supplemented above a two image spread, each featuring brushstrokes of a blackened sea of blank and blurred faces, an anonymous audience awaiting some kind of address, be it from a political leader or a band frontman, and yet what is captured in […]

The 2013 Comics Happy List

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TweetI just can’t muster the hubris to do a Top 10 list.  Lists are subject to the tastes of the reviewer(s).  One person’s top 10 list doesn’t necessarily mean anything.  And, you know, Buzzfeed.  Instead, I’ll present a list of comics that made me happy in 2013, with an emphasis on things that might have […]

Grant Morrison on Deluxe Happy! The Extended Edition

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TweetLook what arrived in my post today, and just in time for Christmas too! The just released Deluxe edition of Happy! with those all important new pages, and some nice extras for fun. And funnily enough I spoke to Grant Morrison about this just recently…

Comic of the Week: My So-Called Secret Identity

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TweetOne fiercely intelligent young woman, one city in which superheroes and villains are the norm, and one comic in which diversity is as natural as the real world, with one kickass female hero to cheer for. And now, in print!

Thought Bubble 2013: A Reading List in Review!

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TweetThis isn’t a convention write-up. Instead, it’s a review roundup of every new comic I came across at Thought Bubble 2013. Because I want to share them with as many people as possible, and as part apology for forcing people at the event to go and pick up everything I had come across and loved […]

Review: Gut Feelings By Leah Wishnia

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Tweet On the surface, Leah Wishnia’s anthology GUT FEELINGS visually reads as a tornado of frenetic and (at times) grotesque imagery, brimming with a stream of both rambunctious and tortured characters who are pitched in a mosaic of revolving hallucinogenic experience. It could easily be shelved amongst the vast anthologies from fellow young underground cartoonists, […]

Raygun Roads, a Morrison-esque Trip into Insanity

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TweetDo you feel neglected? Then it’s time to get infected with this slice of psychedelic anarchism from Owen Michael Johnson and Indio.

Reviews: Comics from Comic Art Brooklyn and beyond

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Tweet  Here for your perusal, I examine a pile of worthy comics and graphic novelish books that I have found in my travels to Brooklyn; from a few book release parties at Bergen Street Comics, The Brooklyn Book Festival and most recently, Desert Island owner Gabe Fowler’s brand spanking new Comic Arts Brooklyn festival. ______________________________________________________________ […]

Advance Review: Dungeon Fun! The Story of One Girl and Her Sword

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TweetYou might not know that tomorrow is in fact Dungeon Fun Day, but if you’re a fan of fun comics like Adventure Time or cartoons like Regular Show, you need to mark the date in your diaries!

Advance Review: Snowpiercer – The Escape

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Tweet The film is already a smash hit in Korea and France, the uncut dystopian thriller earning rave reviews, and in January the award-winning French comic will be published in English for the first time, thanks to Titan.

Review: Injustice: Gods Among Us is a real page turner

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TweetInjustice: Gods Among Us is something of an anomaly in the world of super hero comics. It’s a breakout hit for original digital work, lording over the sales rankings on several sites and platforms. If you look at the October sales estimates, you’ll find it sitting just below 25K and outselling titles like Green Arrow, […]

Peter Pan, a Prequel by Régis Loisel: Dark, Discomforting, and Delightful

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Tweet Earlier this year, Soaring Penguin Press published the first complete English translation of Régis Loisel’s classic French series of bande dessinée, Peter Pan, a dark prequel to the JM Barrie fairy tale that pushes the boundaries of Neverland’s sinister origins.

Review: Cosmic Canine Capers in Astrodog!

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TweetOf the many comics I picked up at the recent Lakes International Comic Art Festival, there was one comic in particular that caught my eye as I turned around one of those giant rooms. A small little book, nestled amongst publishers large and booming, that shone out with a cover that immediately made me smile: […]