REVIEW: “The Death-Defying Dr. Mirage #1” Sees Dead People

REVIEW: “The Death-Defying Dr. Mirage #1” Sees Dead People

Writer: Jan Van Meter Artist: Roberto de la Torre Publisher: Valiant Comics Supernatural comics are not easy to pull off. Just ask Dr. Strange or Dr. Fate, two of the absolute coolest characters in Big Two superhero comics (and undoubtedly the coolest helmet this side of the Chicago Bears); yet when was the last time you heard comic fans raving about a Big Two comic book series starring these experts in the supernatural? Aside from a Brian…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: “Cloaks #1” Do You Believe in Magic?

ADVANCE REVIEW: “Cloaks #1” Do You Believe in Magic?

Writer: Caleb Monroe Artist: Mariano Navarro Publisher: Boom! Studios Comic books have a tendency to overdo magic. Whereas in our real world the pinnacle of magic can be something like David Blaine sticking a needle through his arm or adding himself to a photo on your own iPhone, in comics the pinnacle of magic is Dr. Strange fighting the dreaded Dormammu in the astral plane. Cool, yes, but substantially less likely to earn quarters on…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: “Sundowners #1” Superheroes Anonymous

ADVANCE REVIEW: “Sundowners #1” Superheroes Anonymous

Writer: Tim Seely Artist: Jim Terry Publisher: Dark Horse There’s a familiar refrain in Batman comics that you’d have to be absolutely crazy to perform the types of superheroics that Bruce Wayne engages in on a daily basis. The Joker is constantly reassuring the Caped Crusader that they’re cut from the same cloth and that good ol’ Bats is just as psychologically disturbed as the rest of Gotham’s criminals loitering the halls of Arkham Asylum….

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REVIEW: “The Empty Man #3” Creatures of the Mind

REVIEW: “The Empty Man #3” Creatures of the Mind

Writer: Cullen Bunn Artist: Vanesa R. Del Rey Publisher: BOOM! Studios Through its first two issues, The Empty Man has been one of my favorite new comics. Cullen Bunn and Vanesa R. Del Rey have crafted a tightly-wound, believable world full of horror and mystery, primarily in the form of the enigmatic, titular empty man virus. Much like “Where are we?” was the central question of Lost, “What is it?” carries through each issue of…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: “The Delinquents #1” Most Exciting Valiant Book This Year

ADVANCE REVIEW: “The Delinquents #1” Most Exciting Valiant Book This Year

Writers: James Asmus and Fred Van Lente Artist: Kano $3.99 Publisher: Valiant When word got out a short while back that Archer & Armstrong would be starring in their very own film, my initial reaction was both excitement and curiosity. Since the summer of Valiant in 2012, Archer & Armstrong has been my recommended Valiant title for new readers, despite stiff competition from the likes of Harbinger and Shadowman (not to mention Matt Kindt’s recent work on…

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REVIEW: “Zero #10” Welcome to The Twilight Zone, Mr. Bond

REVIEW: “Zero #10” Welcome to The Twilight Zone, Mr. Bond

Writer: Ales Kot Artist: Michael Gaydos Publisher: Image Comics I’m ashamed to say that twelve pages into “Zero #10,” the Image Comics series about an ex-secret agent from Ales Kot and a rotating cast of artists, I was furious. “I’m giving this book a 0 out of 10,” I thought to myself smugly. “10 straight pages of wordless scene setting? Who do these guys think they are, Warren Ellis?” I continued, handsomely. And then page…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #37” Villains’ Retreat

ADVANCE REVIEW: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #37” Villains’ Retreat

Story: Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz Art: Cory Smith Publisher: IDW I grew up with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Between the ’90s animated series, possibly the world’s greatest cartoon theme song, and timeless live-action Turtle movies (well, excluding Turtles in Time), the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were behind only the X-Men, Batman and Spider-Man in my pantheon of childhood heroes. Unlike those other superheroes, I don’t make much effort to keep up with the Turtles…

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REVIEW: “Imperial #1” Wonderfully Ordinary Superman

REVIEW: “Imperial #1” Wonderfully Ordinary Superman

Writer: Steven T. Seagle Artist: Marco Dos Santos $3.50 Publisher: Image Comics “Imperial #1” doesn’t necessarily try a whole lot of new tricks, but it does blend familiar comic book elements to the point that the new Image series is imaginative, compelling, and, most importantly, fun. The concept so far is simple; our everyman protagonist is disposing of his father’s ashes on a mountain when suddenly the world’s greatest superhero, Imperial, drops from the sky…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: STAR MAGE #5 – Magical All-Ages Comics

ADVANCE REVIEW: STAR MAGE #5 – Magical All-Ages Comics

Take Dr. Strange or Harry Potter and toss the supernatural giblets into Star Wars, with a little bit of Game of Thrones sprinkled in for good measure. Congratulations, you just concocted the core of Star Mage. The title isn’t particularly ambiguous, but the IDW comic takes all the favorite elements of the nerd kingdom and blends them into this all-ages story of war and the Great Young Hope. You have Gandalf look-alikes, evil Dr. Strange…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: “East of West #14” Where’d the Fun Go?

ADVANCE REVIEW: “East of West #14” Where’d the Fun Go?

Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: Nick Dragotta $3.50 Publisher: Image I did not enjoy reading “East of West #14.” Not really even for a moment. On the other hand, I have really, passionately loved this comic book series from Jonathan Hickman, Nick Dragotta, and Image Comics. It’s a good, possibly even great, dystopian future, blending American politics, history, and religion into a startlingly well-realized hell on earth. So why couldn’t I get into issue #14? Is…

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