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.

REVIEW: Avengers Undercover #1– out of the arena

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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 survivors, […]

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

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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 about […]

We’re The Kids in America: G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona’s Ms. Marvel #1

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By Jeffrey O. Gustafson Kamala Khan is a sixteen year old girl from Jersey City. She has the same pressures as any teenager: friends, family, school, parties. She desires independence and autonomy while her parents try to navigate her through the fraught landscape of peer pressure and the expectations of family. Every teen goes through […]

Grant Morrison on Deluxe Happy! The Extended Edition

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Look 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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One 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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This 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 […]

(A) Top Ten Holiday Gift Guide for Black Friday and Beyond

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By Jeffrey O. Gustafson At this point in the morning of Black Friday, so many of you have already done your shopping. But if you are like me, you don’t celebrate any of this stuff and don’t get gifts for people. (I’m not a role model.) When Heidi asked me to put together a holiday […]

Events Done Right in Writer Jonathan Hickman and Company’s Infinity 6 [Review]

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By Jeffrey O. Gustafson Damn Events. Maybe it’s just a marketing term, but as I noted above, it’s a matter of scale. I’m sick of the term, and a little tired of the Events themselves, but Infinity is an Event by marketing and by definition. Going back to the cycle events that started in the […]

Review: Remender and McNiven’s Uncanny Avengers 14

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By Jeffrey O. Gustafson I guess I’ll start off by admitting I haven’t really been reading writer Rick Remender’s Uncanny Avengers. I read the first arc largely because of John Cassaday’s presence on art, but Remender’s story – involving the Red Skull stealing the recently deceased Charles Xavier’s brain – left me a little cold. […]

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

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Injustice: 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, […]