REVIEW: Super Powers #1 – All-Ages Lunacy

REVIEW: Super Powers #1 – All-Ages Lunacy

I have a soft spot for all-ages comics that take super heroes and retools them for a younger audience than those who typically read them. Super Powers #1 is part of that pack, and though I don’t think it’s entirely successful, I do still love the impulse behind it, and found there was enough for me to recommend the book, I’m just not sure who entirely for. Super Powers #1 is the opening chapter in…

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REVIEW: Bloodshot U.S.A. #2 – Kicking It Up A Notch

REVIEW: Bloodshot U.S.A. #2 – Kicking It Up A Notch

I’ll admit it, I really don’t know much of anything about Bloodshot or his backstory. And part of what makes Bloodshot U.S.A. #2 work so well is that I was able to get all the fun out of the issue and follow every plot point with only the issue’s recap page to work from. When you can anchor and effectively set up an entire line-wide crossover with just a recap page, and still have the story…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Masked: Anomalies #1 – A Strong Opening Within a Bold World

ADVANCE REVIEW: Masked: Anomalies #1 – A Strong Opening Within a Bold World

Masked: Anomalies #1 is a strong debut issue, focused on establishing a near-future world that is both fantastic while retaining eerie similarities to our own. Like all good science fiction, no matter where it take place or what its time period is, it’s really about the society in which we currently live. Though this first issue at times feels a bit dense, it also evokes the work of Philip K Dick in how writer Serge…

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BACK ISSUES: Sequential Dissent – Protest in Comic Books

BACK ISSUES: Sequential Dissent – Protest in Comic Books

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the weekly column where I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. In the aftermath of November 8th’s presidential election, which saw Donald Trump emerge victorious, dozens of protests erupted across cities and communities across the United States. Protestors were reacting not just to their preferred candidate losing, but to Trump’s platform, which had been built upon what they saw as…

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REVIEW: Slam! #1 – Fierce Joy Powers A Fun Debut

REVIEW: Slam! #1 – Fierce Joy Powers A Fun Debut

Slam! #1 feels necessary right now. First off, it’s unabashedly a book for and about women. Written by Pamela Ribon (a TV comedy writer relatively new to comics) and illustrated by Veronica Fish (of hip new “Archie” line), “Slam!” focuses on the hard-hitting but joyous world of Roller Derby teams. It’s a fun first issue that earnestly paints Roller Teams as places where women can be themselves and find renewed strength and purpose though the activity…

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REVIEW: Trinity #3 – Building the Foundation

REVIEW: Trinity #3 – Building the Foundation

Trinity #3 sees writer Francis Manapul continue to demonstrate his skill at examining and constructing a solidly iconic and emotionally honest relationship between DC’s three signature characters. Though it’s another issue with more heart than action overall, and though it continues to introduce more mysteries than it solves, the result is still satisfying and classic in tone. After a shaky first issue, the series has now come to kind of exemplify how well DC has…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Curse Words #1 – Black Magic Comedy

ADVANCE REVIEW: Curse Words #1 – Black Magic Comedy

Charles Soule is a machine. Not figuratively.  I mean I think he is a literal machine. The guy is constantly writing comics, such as this one; Curse Words #1. Meanwhile, he is still, I believe, working as an attorney. I’m reasonably certain he has found some way to give up sleeping entirely, which leads me to suspect he might have entered into some kind of bargain with the wizardly protagonist at the center of this brilliant…

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REVIEW: All-Star Batman #4 – Over The Top

REVIEW: All-Star Batman #4 – Over The Top

All-Star Batman #4 is kind of a crazy book. Sometimes I’ll mean that in a good way. Sometimes I won’t. This is leaning a bit more towards the latter, I’m afraid. I’m not sure what it is about the All-Star title that convinces Batman writers to opt for insane excess, but like Frank Miller before him, Scott Snyder seems to have succumbed to just doing whatever cuckoo thing pops into his head. Let me get…

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REVIEW: Namesake #1: Worlds and Family Collide in Sci-Fantasy Tale

REVIEW: Namesake #1: Worlds and Family Collide in Sci-Fantasy Tale

Namesake #1, the debut issue of the new creator-owned series by writer Steve Orlando and artist Jakub Rebelka, may take place in a crazy future society where Earth and a world ruled by magic have to coexist, but at its heart it’s a story about the complicated and fraught relationship between parents and their kids. It’s the mixture of the unique world the creators craft with the emotional strength of the central character’s dilemma that…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Grand Passion #1 – Bloody True Romance

ADVANCE REVIEW: Grand Passion #1 – Bloody True Romance

It’s been a long time coming for Grand Passion #1. The series, written by Eisner-winner James Robinson with art from Tom Feister, was first announced back in 2013. Now Dynamite is about to finally release the first issue of the series, a mixture of hard-boiled crime, Robinson’s distinctive prose style, and unabashed romance. the question is, does this mixture come together into a heady brew, or a murky mess? The answer is that it’s far…

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