ADVANCE SCOUT: 6 Books to Look For This Wednesday (1/2/13)

ADVANCE SCOUT: 6 Books to Look For This Wednesday (1/2/13)

Each week, the Capeless Crew picks out those books that we think are most worthy of your dollars and attention. Without further ado, here are this week’s picks! “NEW AVENGERS #1” The companion title to Hickman’s terrific Avengers series, and the book the writer calls “the most important book in the Marvel Universe” hits stands this week. Black Panther takes center stage as he joins the Illuminati, the Marvel Universe’s elite. . . . ….

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Happy 90th Birthday to Stan “The Man” Lee!

Happy 90th Birthday to Stan “The Man” Lee!

Today marks a milestone for one of the paragons of the comic book industry. From all of us here at Capeless Crusader, we wish Marvel’s founding father a joyous and happy birthday! Josh EpsteinJosh Epstein is the Publisher for the Capeless Crusader website. He’s a lifelong comic nerd, and “Superman” is the first word he ever read aloud. He is also an actor, singer, and resident of a real-world Smallville.More Posts Follow Me:

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Throne of Atlantis off to a Great Start but Faces Uphill Battle

Throne of Atlantis off to a Great Start but Faces Uphill Battle

Aquaman’s moment has come. Everyone knows that when the animals start running, a smart person starts looking for cover or the nearest exit. When the fish start running, though, it means something even worse than earthquakes, forest fires, or hurricanes. We who live on the bare third of the world above water tend to forget the immensity of the rest of the planet. From the moment we see massive schools of fish moving as fast…

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REVIEW: “Amazing Spider-Man #700” and The Quest for Heroism

REVIEW: “Amazing Spider-Man #700” and The Quest for Heroism

In the annals of comic book events, there have been few instances that have drawn as much attention as the 700th nd final (?) issue of one Marvel Comics’ flagship titles: Amazing Spider-Man. This review contains spoilers. If you do not want to have the details of the story revealed, then you should return to the home page immediately. When the book begins, the body of Peter Parker is still inhabited by the consciousness of…

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DC Comics: Now with less pulp!

DC Comics: Now with less pulp!

News broke yesterday that DC Comics, one of the largest comic book publishers in the world, has allowed its rights to some of 20th century fiction’s most beloved pulp characters to lapse. After the failure of their 2010 “First Wave” initiative, which sought to bring characters like The Spirit, Doc Savage, and The Avenger into mainstream continuity, the decision was made by the publisher to focus on their own library of little known characters to…

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ADVANCE SCOUT: 5 Books to Look For This Wednesday (12/19/12)

ADVANCE SCOUT: 5 Books to Look For This Wednesday (12/19/12)

Each week, the Capeless Crew picks out those books that we think are most worthy of your dollars and attention. Without further ado, here are this week’s picks! “HAWKEYE #6” Aja returns to artistic duties in the second Hawkeye title this month; Happy Holidays!. . . . . . “AMERICA’S GOT POWERS #4” Delays aside, AGP has been one of the most interesting books of the year. Superhumans of unknown origin forced to do battle…

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Fraction on Hawkeye Sandy Issue

Fraction on Hawkeye Sandy Issue

Last week, Marvel Comics scribe Matt Fraction sat down with the folks at iFanboy and discussed the process of creating issue #7 of his hit title, Hawkeye. This issue has drawn a great deal of attention on the heels of Fraction’s announcement that he would be donating his entire payday from the issue to help fund relief efforts for those still hurting from the effects of the super-storm. When asked why he chose to make…

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EDUCATION: Teaching Watchmen by Joshua Bastean

EDUCATION: Teaching Watchmen by Joshua Bastean

Who Teaches the Watchmen? by Joshua Bastean Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Josh Bastean, and I teach high school English in a low-income area of the US. The school I teach at has received extremely low marks on nearly every federal and state scorecard for the past several years. The graduation rate was below 60%, and the average GPA was below 1.9. This year they went through a changing of the guard…

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Five Questions with Writer Jim Zubkavich

Five Questions with Writer Jim Zubkavich

This week, I was lucky enough to have an opportunity to chat briefly with incoming BIRDS OF PREY writer Jim Zubkavich. We talked about his transition to Big Two comics and his plans for the series. Josh Epstein: You’ve been working in comics for some time, making a name for yourself in the independent sphere and by sharing your creative experience with fans. Now that you’ve moved, as you put it, from triple-A to the…

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“Fantastic Four #2”

“Fantastic Four #2”

I’ll begin with a confession: I’m a noob. When it comes to the Fantastic Four, I’m a late bloomer. While I’ve maintained a passing familiarity with the team and its adventures over the years, I was never really a regular reader until Jonathan Hickman happened along and made me realize exactly how wonderful Marvel’s First Family was for telling personally grounded stories that were simultaneously epic in scope. Now that he has departed the book…

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