Thought Bubble 2013: A Reading List in Review!

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TweetThis 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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TweetBy 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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TweetBy 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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TweetBy 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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TweetInjustice: 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, […]

Peter Pan, a Prequel by Régis Loisel: Dark, Discomforting, and Delightful

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Tweet Earlier this year, Soaring Penguin Press published the first complete English translation of Régis Loisel’s classic French series of bande dessinée, Peter Pan, a dark prequel to the JM Barrie fairy tale that pushes the boundaries of Neverland’s sinister origins.

24 Hours of Halloween Review: Afterlife with Archie #1

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TweetIf we’re doing Halloween, then that seems like a great chance for me to catch up on Afterlife with Archie, the company’s first mature comic set in the world of their mascot. Now, I don’t know much about Archie other than “Sugar Sugar” – the comics aren’t released over in my part of the UK, […]

Review: Task Force Rad Squad #1

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TweetIt’s always nice to review something which shakes things around a little, and I’m sure nobody would have expected Task Force Rad Squad to show up on The Beat. Written by Caleb Goellner and drawn by Buster Moody, with colours from Ryan Hill, you can try the first issue of TFRS by clicking through here […]

Review: Dash Shaw’s New School is Pretty “Artsy” Stuff

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I find Dash Shaw’s work to be strangely invigorating. I admit I had some reservations when I first saw the daunting heft of his Bottomless Belly Button, with its absurdly extended passage of a man running and profusely sweating, drawn in a style so crunchy that it makes Gary Panter look slick. The idea that all we cartoonists must now draw books that are at least three inches thick and that take several years of deprivation to accomplish thanks to the efforts of obviously dedicated workhorses such as Shaw and Craig Thompson was not a pretty one. But I was eventually to resign myself to this new order.

Reviewed! Every Issue of Villains Month – the final issues

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TweetThere are no new issues of Villain’s Month left from DC, and business goes back to business this week. But there were six issues which slipped through my new previously, and I’ve now gone back to review them all. It’s over! Villains Month has been conquered! Here are the final reviews, which include facial mutilation, […]

REVIEW: John Arcudi and A.C. Zamudio’s Real West

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TweetI hadn’t seen anything about this new series from Monkeybrain, but it appears to be an anthology of western cowboy stories featuring an assortment of different creators, each telling a short story at a time. With John Arcudi – whose name is probably most well known with the Mike Mignola series B.P.R.D. – writing the […]

REVIEW: John Wagner and Arthur Ranson’s Button Man

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TweetThe Button Man series by John Wagner and Arthur Ranson is a rare creature. For a magazine designed to tell fast-paced adventures, this is a far quieter and more subdued piece of work than is typically found in 2000AD, and a reminder of how powerful a writer Wagner can be. A slow-burn story, the series moves […]

Reviewed! Every Issue of Villains Month, Week Three

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TweetWeek three brings a number of Batman villains to the forefront, as well as a surprising disconnect with the main Forever Evil storyline. Hardly any of the comics this week seem to have much of a tie-in to the event they’re supporting, which is unexpected. That aside, it’s business as usual with mothers getting killed, […]

Reviewed! Every Issue of Villains Month, Week Two

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TweetWe head into week two of Villains Month, with thirteen more titles out this week. Ranging from Harley Quinn and The Riddler through to Mongul and Black Manta, a theme seems to emerge this week – DON’T EVER GO INTO SPACE! Follow the jump for every issue reviewed, from my least-favourite through to my favourite.

Reviewed! Every Issue of Villains Month, Week One

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TweetDC sent along a lovely pack of review copies for Villains Week, and I feel like it’s only fair that I read through all of the ones out this week and review ‘em. I’ll go from my least favourite to my favourite, ending with my favourite of this first lot. And hey! If DC send […]

Exclusive Advance Review: The Bunker by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Joe Infurnari

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TweetWhat is The Bunker? A brand new comic from the writer of I, Vampire, The Ultimates, Tumor and last week’s Hunger that is guaranteed to get your mind racing. Fancy getting early access? Read on…