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.

31 Days of Halloween Review Special: Hellboy & the BPRD #1

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By Matthew Jent Hellboy and the BPRD #1 Writers: Mike Mignola & John Arcudi Artist: Alex Maleev Colorist: Dave Stewart Cover Artist: Alex Maleev Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Action/Adventure Publisher: Dark Horse Comics   “You’re taking Hellboy with you.” In the mid-1990s I was in high school and looking for rebellion. Something to get pretentious about. […]

Review: ‘Action Philosophers’ is required reading

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The duo of Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey have done it again in the 10th anniversary edition of their comic book series Action Philosophers. It’s available in late October from Dark Horse in a beautiful hardcover one volume edition with new cover art. This smart and witty non-fiction graphic book is the introduction to philosophy that should be required reading. I wish it had been around when I struggled through some of these works!

The series originally published by Van Lente and Dunlavey under their company Evil Twin Comics began life as a single issue comic book about Frederick Niestche, he of the “God is Dead” philosophy. The comic book proved to be so popular that the guys developed a series that was eventually distributed by Diamond. For those of you unfamiliar with the industry that’s pretty impressive for an indie company. With support and appreciation from the industry the series won a Xeric Grant in 2004, was nominated twice for an Ignatz award and lauded by the American Library Association. For Evil Twin Comics they’ve also created Action Presidents and The Comic Book History of Comics.

Review: Aurora West Rises

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By Matthew Jent The Rise of Aurora West Written by JT Petty and Paul Pope Art by David Rubin Published by First Second   “You don’t have to attack what’s attacking you.” At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Paul Pope appeared on a panel called “Middle Grade Extravaganza,” which discussed comics for a younger audience. […]

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. […]

Thor #1: (Not Yet) A New Beginning

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By Matthew Jent Thor #1 Credits: Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Russell Dauterman Color Artist: Matthew Wilson Letterer & Production: VC’s Joe Sabino Cover Artist: Russell Dauterman & Frank Martin Variant Cover Artists: Sara Pichelli & Laura Martin; Esad Ribic; Andrew Robinson; Alex Ross; Fiona Staples; Skottie Young Publisher: Marvel Comics   “There must always be […]

Review: Teen Titans: Earth One, Volume 1

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Teen Titans: Earth One Vol. 1   by Jeff Lemire, Rachel Dodson, Terry Dodson On Sale Date: November 25, 2014 9781401245566, 1401245560 $22.99 USD / $26.99 CAD Hardcover 144 pages Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes — — —

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 […]

Prometheus #1 Doesn’t Ask The Big Questions

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By Matthew Jent Prometheus: Fire and Stone #1 Script: Paul Tobin Art: Juan Ferreyra Letters: Nate Piekos of Blambot Cover: David Palumbo Variant Cover: Paul Pope, with colors by Shay M. Plummer Genre: Sci-Fi/Movie Tie-In   Last year, Dark Horse announced they were rebooting their licensed Aliens and Predator comics, launching the first Prometheus series, […]

Finder: Third World is a Travelogue of a Wonderfully Fictional Place

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By Matthew Jent FINDER: THIRD WORLD  Story, Art, & Cover: Carla Speed McNeil Colors: Jenn Manley Lee and Bill Mudron Genre: Science Fiction   “You consider where you are as shaped by how you got there.” Carla Speed McNeil’s Finder is self-proclaimed “aboriginal science fiction,” which McNeil explains on her website as being about “People […]

Review: The Star Wars Tries to Soar

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By Matthew Jent The Star Wars Credits Script: J.W. Rinzler Art: Mike Mayhew Colors: Rain Beredo Lettering: Michael Heisler Cover Art: Nick Runge Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Movie Tie-In Star Wars the film — the original film, whether you call it “Episode IV” or “A New Hope” or just “Star Wars” — is a religious text. There’s […]

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.

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 […]