Thor Was Tired of Living A Lie… The View Wasn’t

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Tweet By David Nieves Equal to a freeway pile up closure in California where honking and flying obscenities are like pennies overflowing from the change jar on my desk; when the internet gets a hold of something that shakes our outlook everyone rages. Today, Marvel let the ladies of The View announce a new female Thor in […]

Breaking: Titles for October

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TweetWith October solicitations just around the corner, sources have whispered these sweet secrets in The Beat’s ears. Get a jump on what’s to come with the following, and check back for more information later this month. Jim Zub will be writing a new Dungeon & Dragons series for IDW. The subtitle for the series is Legends of Baldur’s Gate. Also from IDW is […]

Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley is out today

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How do you follow up a phenomenon like Scott Pilgrim? Well, you take some time off and then come back with a beautifully realized standalone graphic novel that tells a story about..starting over. That’s Bryan Lee OMalley’s Seconds, which hits today.

Dynamite announces The Art of Army of Darkness

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As you know, we’re big Bruce Campbell fans here at Stately Beat Manor, and Bruce was never Brucier than in Army of Darkness. So with Dynamite about to release a collection of The Art of Amy of Darkness—which was their first comic book some 10 (!!!) years ago—you know we’ll want a copy so we can relive artistic reinterpretations of great moments in the history of the One True Bruce, from John Bolton’s classic key art on. Hail to the King, baby.

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.

Suffragette Lady: An Interview with Kate Charlesworth

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TweetOn International Workers’ Day, the 1st of May, Jonathan Cape published Sally Heathcote, Suffragette, the second graphic novel written by Mary Talbot, a semi-fictionalised history of the Women’s Suffrage movement in Britain, and a really well researched and gripping piece of work, in my opinion, and should be read by everyone, everywhere, as it is […]

Nice Art: Newelt and Remnant on Paul Shapiro’s Jewish Jazz

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Joseph Remnant, artist on Harvey Pekar’s CLEVELAND, channels a bit of that Pekar vibe along with writer Jeff Newelt in this online comics about jazz musician Paul Shapiro, whose new album  VERSES , is out featuring famed guitarist Marc Ribot. It’s on John Zorn’s TZADIK label, so if you like Masala, you might like this. 

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

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Tweet 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 […]

SIX-GUN GORILLA REVIEW: All That And More

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Tweet 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, […]

Nice art: Becky Cloonan’s Monster variant cover for Batman

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Tweet Just to prove that the Bat office is going WILD with art, Becky Cloonan posted her Monster variant cover for Batman for October, which will have “Horror” as a variant cover theme. Me likey!

Webcomic alert: Trigger Warning: Breakfast by Anonymous

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Has it really been stressed enough how great the comics that The Nib, edited by Matt Bors and Eleri Mai Harris, is publishing are? Here’s a new one called Trigger Warning: Breakfast and i have towarn you it is not a pleasant read, but it is powerful. The author is anonymous. For reasons you will understand when you read it.

Nice Art: Jeff Smith covers Rocket Raccoon for SDCC Marvel exclusive

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I’ve wondered in the past if Rocket Raccoon would get overexposed before Guardians of the Galaxy comes out. Well as long as that exposure is swell variant covers by Jeff Smith, I have no worries about that.

Interview: Wait, What? Graeme McMillan and Jeff Lester?!

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Tweet150 episodes in, and the Wait, What? podcast is undertaking a huge shift. No, it’s not relaunching, although it is spinning off in a whole new direction, and nothing will ever be the same again. Why? Well, because hosts Jeff Lester and Graeme McMillan, who have spent the last few years dissecting and reviewing all […]

By Its Cover (06.25.14 – 07.02.14)

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Tweet This is me still sort of figuring out where I want to go with this column. A side effect of so much comics output being monthly serials is that I often don’t have anything new to say in terms of design if a series has locked onto a solid trade dress. Maybe this is a […]

Nice art: Luke Pearson covers Charlie Mortdecai

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Tweet I gotta admit, I never heard of the Charlie Mortdecai books by Kyril Bonfiglioli, but I am tickled with the covers to new editions by Luke Pearson. The Mortdecai books, originally published in the 70s, involve the comedic adventures of a shifty art dealer, and are described as Wodehouse-esque. Penguin UK is releasing the […]

Bat-Man and Superman get all selfie-tastic

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Tweet August is variant cover Selfie month at DC comics, and to get everyone in a good mood, DC released their first selfie-variant cover on Instagram. The art for Batman/Superman #14 is by Paulo Siqueira and this is either the end of decency across the universe or a smart move to liven up a 75 […]