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 […]

ONE AND DONE: ‘She-Hulk’ #5 and the Joy of Polite Comics

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One of my favorite things about monthly comics is the intro page. It has taken on special significance in recent years–I’d say it’s thanks to the wild success of Hawkeye. But I can’t say that authoritatively, mostly because I’m the guy who only buys one comic per week. But it’s a good example. Every issue […]

Review: It’s time for Marvel ocarinas

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Ocarinas aren’t just for Zelda fans any more. St. Louis Ocarinas has released an officially licensed line of Marvel ocarinas in a variety of heroes. And they were kind enough to send one to me to review! Although I don’t talk much about my musical background, I was something of a child prodigy, playing the […]

How To Be A Comics Fan When You Can Barely Afford Them

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By Joshua Rivera Comics are expensive. It’s something everyone knows about our favorite hobby, but not many people bother to engage. Reviewers may bring it up when a story is particularly bad, or if a publisher decides to raise the price of a book without adding much perceived value.  But that’s about it. “The economics […]

Vertigo Gets Back To Its Roots: A Look At Coffin Hill: Forest of the Night

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There was a time, early on, when Vertigo was considered more of a horror and dark fantasy line.  Swamp Thing, Hellblazer and Sandman all being prominent parts of the first wave.  Vertigo’s widened its doors considerably since then to include straight up crime and science fiction titles, as well as fantasy with a lighter tone.  It’s […]

Advance Review: Inhuman #1 bears an Uncanny resemblance – updated

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From the creative team of Charles Soule, Joe Madureira, Marte Gracia and Clayton Cowles, Inhuman #1 finally sees release this week, and Marvel have offered an advance copy for review. Originally planned to be written by Matt Fraction, the series saw delays before Fraction dropped out himself, and Soule came onboard the project instead. Following […]

REVIEW: NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette by Nathan W. Pyle

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NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette
Nathan W. Pyle
William Morrow/HarperCollins
$10, 144 pages
ISBN 978-0-06-230311-0

I kept expecting this book of cartoon tips to be funny and it wasn’t. Then I realized it wasn’t meant to be funny. It was meant to be what the title says: tips and etiquette.