LADY KILLER #1 Is A Great Concept With Some Flawed Execution

LADY KILLER #1 Is A Great Concept With Some Flawed Execution

In my job as a reviewer I read a lot of issue number ones. Like a lot, a lot. And I’m ashamed to say that the number of comics I actually follow on to number two is disappointedly small. Unfortunately between spare time and limited spare funds I really only read a couple regular comics a week and maybe revisit the exceptional # 1’s. This problem is compounded by the comics industry’s move towards more…

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ISLAND #1 is Ready to Class Up Your Coffee Table

ISLAND #1 is Ready to Class Up Your Coffee Table

Apparently, Brandon Graham and I have similar ideas about how comics should be marketed these days. It’s time for us to start raising serious questions about how the means of production are affecting the possibilities of comics. Do comic stories have to fit into twenty-two pages anymore?  Would consumers be willing to pay a little bit more to not have to look at garish adds? Can something like serialized styled compilations work in America like they do in…

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Inside the Brains of DEATH HEAD: An Interview with Nick and Zack Keller

Inside the Brains of DEATH HEAD: An Interview with Nick and Zack Keller

The world sadly has a dearth of good horror comics. I don’t know if its a hold over from the days when E.C. comics got shut down but the comic industry sometimes feels averse to publishing stories that haunt and creep. Luckily for us Dark Horse comics, along with Nick and Zack Keller have a new horror story to read on one of these hot summer nights. We sat down with the Nick and Zack…

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BOOKSHELF BUILDING: DRIFTER Ready For Its Eisner

BOOKSHELF BUILDING: DRIFTER Ready For Its Eisner

The comic industry doesn’t have a reward show as widely recognized as the academy awards, but if we did Drifter would be the comic equivalent of Oscar bait. This isn’t to say that Drifter is by any means a “bad” comic, in fact it’s quite good, but only a certain type of person is going to be able to appreciate such a nuanced story. This is a comic that is going to have a very…

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FRIDAY FANCAST: Fox’s NEW MUTANTS

FRIDAY FANCAST: Fox’s NEW MUTANTS

Way back in 1983 Chris Claremont penned a story about young mutants coming to terms with a world that hated and feared them. These stories were chock full of teenage angst and crazy superpowers. It was among the first comics I ever read and holds a special place in my heart. I am of course talking about The New Mutants and Fox is making a television show about them! While I might not be the…

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REVIEW: Mythic #1 – Classic Horror Fun

REVIEW: Mythic #1 – Classic Horror Fun

Modern supernatural stories like League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Ghostbusters often present us with a world where science and the occult co-exist. Magic hides in the shadows, silently shaping the world while science openly improves life while maybe helping to track down a monster or two. “Mythic #1” shakes up this ‘dual but equal world’ while setting itself up to be one of the most interesting comics coming out this summer. The world behind Mythic…

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Jem and the Holograms #2 – Way More In Tune

Jem and the Holograms #2 – Way More In Tune

Writer: Kelly Thompson Artist: Sophie Campbell Cover Artist: Sophie Campbell, Amy Mebberson $3.99 IDW Publishing Jem and the Holograms feels like it’s settling into its groove. I was a little nervous from the first issue, as it felt like the comic was torn in too many directions; campy origins were pulling against a character-centric reboot. Also, I felt like I was a little mean in the previous review so I wanted to check out “Jem…

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REVIEW: Bloodshot Reborn #1 – Familiar For All The Right Reasons

REVIEW: Bloodshot Reborn #1 – Familiar For All The Right Reasons

Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Mico Suayan $3.99 Valiant Comics The Dark Knight Returns casts a long shadow over comics. Unfortunately, that shadow caused – for years – some of the worst trends in comics throughout the 80’s and 90’s. Gritty reboots which did nothing to reveal character, heroes replaced by psychotic anti-heroes and dark tones just for dark tones’ sake plagued our medium. If we had to sit through two decades of crap in order to get…

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REVIEW: Jem and The Holograms #1 – Almost Fantastic

REVIEW: Jem and The Holograms #1 – Almost Fantastic

Writer: Kelly Thompson, Ross Campbell Artist: Ross Campbell $3.99 IDW Publishing Jem and the Holograms was not a show I watched as a kid. I was, after all, a boy and girls obviously had cooties so thus there was no reason to watch a show featuring girls. So, I don’t have a nostalgic love for Jem from my childhood, but I did find the show when I was in college where I very much learned…

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REVIEW: Orphan Black #1 – A Lesson in Mimesis

REVIEW: Orphan Black #1 – A Lesson in Mimesis

Writer:John Fawcett, Graeme Manson, Jody Houser Art: Szymon Kudranski $3.99 IDW Publishing Plato wrote in The Republic that copies are always inherently inferior to the originals. It’s called “mimesis” and it claims, among other things, that the transfer from one medium to another always loses some quality of the original “ideal” version. I keep thinking about mimesis when reading a story about a woman who is finding copies of herself. I think about it when I see…

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