Advance Review: SUPERIOR IRON MAN #1 has a god complex

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As humongous and “earth shattering” as event comics can be they usually aren’t the endgame a publisher has in mind. The payoff usually lies in what comes after, whether it’s in the form of another event or a new series. Unfortunately for Marvel the pattern that’s developed is a stale event followed by a great series; one example that comes to mind was Dark Avengers coming after the Secret Invasion event. Marvel’s latest case, AXIS, while convoluted at times, has set the stage for Tom Taylor to play on the other side of the big two field with Superior Iron Man.

THE OCTOBER FACTION #1: Review

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The Skeletons Outside The Closet Can Be The Most Dangerous By David Nieves Steve Niles has made a hell of a living in the horror genre. Having critical and commercial success can be a curse on any creator, but he’s constantly found new ways of invigorating humanizing takes on demons and monsters. His latest creation, […]

ONE AND DONE: Moon Knight—It Doesn’t Take Much

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You ever see The Raid? It’s this Indonesian action movie. It (and its sequel) is probably one of the best action movies in recent memory.

The plot of The Raid is ridiculously simple. One cop, in one building, against an army of criminals. It is an hour and a half of dudes wrecking shit. It’s eighty minutes of brutal martial arts. It’s something that’s been done lots–you can describe a ridiculous number of movies that way, thanks to Die Hard–but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s absolutely thrilling, a marvel of craft and assured filmmaking.

ONE AND DONE: Up, Up, and Away?

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Keeping up with comics is ridiculously expensive if you want to keep up with a number of titles that come out every month. Not everyone can do that–I definitely can’t. So welcome to One and Done, a weekly column where I go to a comics shop and try to find one good book that’s worth […]

Quick Review: Deep in the Woods (with teenage girls)

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Deep in the Woods by Noah van Sciver, Nic Breutzman You might  remember Deep in the Woods from it’s modest Kickstarter campaign late last year, of which I’m glad I was a backer.  One of the things I’m really interested in seeing in comics is experimentation with format, so when 2D Cloud put out a […]

Review: s! 13 Life is Live (and love. and a bitch. and multifaceted. and so forth.)

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s!13 Life is Live kus! komiksi As someone who prefers to get stuck into a good long comic, where the opportunity to connect and associate with characters and invest in a world is greater, I was never much of reader of anthologies, providing as they do short strips or stories and often being jarringly inconsistent in terms […]

Big Interview: L Nichols- ‘Autobiography is terrifying’

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I first came across L Nichols work via her comic for Retrofit: Flocks. To date, Flocks is one of the most powerful works I’ve read, and one which, to be perfectly honest, I’d most likely avoid on paper. It charts Nichols’ own experiences of growing up in a Christian household and community and realising she’s gay […]

REVIEW: Green Lantern’s ‘Wrath of the First Lantern’ Event

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Geoff Johns’ final storyline as Green Lantern Chief is ‘Wrath of the First Lantern’, a storyline which will conclude with issue #20 of the main book. The event has brought in, as is always the case, the other three Lantern titles as a crossover, and tells the story of a new/old threat to the Lantern […]

REVIEW: Changing the Dynamic with ‘Halcyon and Tenderfoot’

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I was sent the first issue of this miniseries from Art Heroes a few months ago, where it seemed like a fun, all-ages series about a superhero duo. But then the story suddenly went off in a radically unexpected direction, and proved itself to be a thorough and startling deconstruction of superhero comics as a […]

Review: Nobrow’s 17×23 Showcase: moon men and hopeful dystopias

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17×23 Showcase Contributors: Isaac Lenkiewicz, Kyle Platts, Henry McCausland, Nick Sheehy, Joe Kessler Nobrow Press Following on from the success of the excellent Nobrow anthology- a bi-annual publication of two halves: one comics and one illustration, and their Showcase series, a smaller format paperback comic which launched Luke Pearson’s much-lauded Hilda adventures, Nobrow produced this last July : […]

Veni, Vidi, Vici: 3 great comics you need to read

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Ok, so the title’s a bit dubious, but I thought it’d be nice to have a feature where we look at 3 comics, the criteria being that these are either older books I’ve missed, or smaller, self published work. To kick things off, a top notch trio- I enjoyed each one of these offerings immensely, albeit in different ways. […]

Review: Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps #16

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This week saw the release of Green Lantern #16 by Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke, as well as Green Lantern Corps #16, by Peter Tomasi and Fernando Pasarin. The Green Lantern books are some of DC’s most popular, but recently seem to have fallen out of the spotlight, off doing their own thing while the […]