ADVANCE REVIEW: Rendez-Vous in Phoenix – An Essential, Personal Story from One of the 11 Million

ADVANCE REVIEW: Rendez-Vous in Phoenix – An Essential, Personal Story from One of the 11 Million

Tony Sandoval‘s heartfelt, affecting and personal graphic novel Rendez-Vous in Phoenix couldn’t come at a more appropriate time. It’s his story of his attempt to illegally cross the border from Mexico into the United States, and in a time where politicians of all stripes have become obsessed with “illegals” and immigration and nationalism, it’s more vital than ever to be reminded that each one of these so-called 11 million are people, with hopes and dreams….

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BACK ISSUES: Black Lightning – Ready to Strike

BACK ISSUES: Black Lightning – Ready to Strike

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the weekly column where each week I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. Just over a week ago, we reported that Greg Berlanti, the producer behind such popular CW TV super-hero series as “Arrow”, “Supergirl”, “The Flash” and “Legends of Tomorrow”, will be producing a new pilot for Fox starring DC’s long-time supporting hero Black Lightning. The series, if picked…

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REVIEW: All-Star Batman #1 – Running the Gauntlet

REVIEW: All-Star Batman #1 – Running the Gauntlet

All-Star Batman #2 continues to deliver on its promise of presenting stories with Batman out of his element, against his biggest foes. The second instalment of the “My Own Worst Enemy” arc ups the ante by finding Batman struggling to deliver Two-Face to his destination while fighting off the attempts by various foes including Killer Croc, Cheshire, King Shark, and others, to free the bifurcated Harvey Dent. It’s an action-packed issue that delivers on big…

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REVIEW: Doctor Who – The Third Doctor #1 – Reversing the Polarity to Increase the Adventure

REVIEW: Doctor Who – The Third Doctor #1 – Reversing the Polarity to Increase the Adventure

Titan has absolutely nailed their “Doctor Who” line, turning it into one of their flagship properties and lavishing care and attention onto the books, satisfying fans of both the current series and the classic alike. Not every story or series has turned out classics, but all of them have delivered solidly enjoyable, strongly evocative stories crafted by top-notch creative teams that all feel like they’re doing it out of love for the show. And Doctor…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: The Forevers #1 – Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know

ADVANCE REVIEW: The Forevers #1 – Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know

Seven people stand in a field and perform some kind of magical rite. Ten years later they have all the success one could dream of; they are rich, famous, and from the looks of things, being devoured from the inside out by their own inadequacies and by whatever cost came along with the bargain they made. That’s the premise of The Forevers #1,  the debut issue from writer Curt Pires and artist Eric Scott Pfeiffer,…

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PREVIEWS: Alias Investigations Reopens with a First Look at Jessica Jones #1

PREVIEWS: Alias Investigations Reopens with a First Look at Jessica Jones #1

A decade after starring in her own title, and following the smash success of the Netflix TV series, Jessica Jones is back in her own series. And she’s brought her original creative team with her. Marvel’s released preview pages of Jessica Jones #1, and we’ve got them below! Written by Brian Michael Bendis, with art by Michael Gaydos and covers by David Mack, “Jessica Jones” drops the character in the dark and gritty corners of…

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PREVIEWS: First Look at “Blood in the Aether” with Doctor Strange #12

PREVIEWS: First Look at “Blood in the Aether” with Doctor Strange #12

Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo‘s run on “Doctor Strange” so far has been creepy, epic and delightfully bizarre. Now, Marvel has released preview pages from Doctor Strange #12, the opening chapter of the “Blood in the Aether” arc. Leading out of the epic climax of “The Last Days of Magic”, the issue finds the good Doctor as his weakest and most vulnerable, with a myriad of his greatest foes ready to take advantage of that and destroy…

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SUNDAY AT THE SHOPS: Winston-Salem’s Ssalesfish Comics – Crusaders Selling Crusaders

SUNDAY AT THE SHOPS: Winston-Salem’s Ssalesfish Comics – Crusaders Selling Crusaders

Welcome to “Sunday at the Shops”, our weekly column that celebrates your local comic shop, no matter where that is. In this instalment, we’re looking at Ssalesfish Comics, located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. As recently reported in the Winston-Salem Journal, the store has taken a stand against North Carolina’s House Bill 2, the so-called “bathroom bill.” The bill enacts a sweeping law that reverses the steps taken by some cities and counties to extend legal protections…

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Jeff Lemire & Gord Downie Team to Tell Tragic Tale of Chanie Wenjack

Jeff Lemire & Gord Downie Team to Tell Tragic Tale of Chanie Wenjack

On a freezing night in 1966, a 12 year-old Ojibway boy named Chanie Wenjack ran away from Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School in Kenora, Ontario. He died from hunger and exposure trying to walk the 400 miles back to his father. Now Gord Downie, frontman for beloved Canadian band The Tragically Hip, is releasing a solo album, animated film and a graphic novel produced in partnership with comics star Jeff Lemire to tell Wenjack’s story…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Battlestar Galactica #2 – Dark, Evocative and Slightly Baffling

ADVANCE REVIEW: Battlestar Galactica #2 – Dark, Evocative and Slightly Baffling

Battlestar Galactica #2 raises the spectre of the merits of reviewing modern comic books one issue at a time. Back in the days when multi-issue arcs were far less common, you could take a single issue as a single story, and evaluate it as a complete narrative. But in these days of trade paperbacks and simmering plot lines, reviewing a single chapter or act of a story becomes more difficult. This issue is a good…

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