ADVANCE REVIEW: Bloodshot U.S.A. #1 – A Valiant Event Gets an Action-Packed Intro

ADVANCE REVIEW: Bloodshot U.S.A. #1 – A Valiant Event Gets an Action-Packed Intro

Valiant has really got to be congratulated with how quickly and effectively they’ve built their super-hero universe into a compelling alternative to DC and Marvel. By recruiting top talent to help flesh out and construct their universe’s mythos for a new generation, they’ve wound up with some great books, reinvigorated characters and an effective universe around which to construct big events. Bloodshot U.S.A. #1 is a great example of all the things that have made…

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BACK ISSUES: Beyond Ms. Marvel – Middle Eastern Heroes

BACK ISSUES: Beyond Ms. Marvel – Middle Eastern Heroes

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. Just a few days ago, ABC news and Marvel released an online digital comic called “Madaya Mom”, which details the harrowing and inspiring experiences of a mother of five living in Madaya, a city in Syria one hour away from Damascus. The people there are trapped, under…

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Teaser Trailer for “Logan” Released

Teaser Trailer for “Logan” Released

Today, 20th Century Fox released the teaser for Logan, the latest X-Men film due to be released on March 3rd. It’s been pretty much confirmed by all involved that this is star Hugh Jackman’s last time popping the claws as Wolverine, the character that made him a breakout star when he first played the role in 2000’s “X-Men.” The film is directed by James Mangold, who directed the character’s previous solo film, “The Wolverine,” which…

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REVIEW: Trinity #2 – An Issue Worthy of Comics’ Holy Trinity

REVIEW: Trinity #2 –  An Issue Worthy of Comics’ Holy Trinity

After a first issue I criticized for lacking in incident and narrative drive, Trinity #2 shows far better the kind of book we can expect from writer/artist Francis Manapul, and it’s one worthy of the adventures of arguably the three biggest icons in all of super-hero comics. Trinity #2 is a superb issue, dialling up the mystery, intrigue and jeopardy while continuing to nail the disparate voices and personalities of the three main characters. The…

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REVIEW: Batman #9 – Suicide Mission: Impossible

REVIEW: Batman #9 – Suicide Mission: Impossible

After getting sidetracked (as books almost always do) by a multi-title event, it’s good to see writer Tom King and artist Mikel Janin back on track with Batman #9. It’s a crackerjack of a set-up issue that finds Batman recruiting some of his most unbalanced enemies for a Suicide Squad-type mission on behalf of Amanda Waller. But Batman clearly has his own reasons and objectives for this mission. What makes the issue so enjoyable is…

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BACK ISSUES: Does the World Need A Superwoman?

BACK ISSUES: Does the World Need A Superwoman?

Earlier this week, TV’s Supergirl returned to our screens for a second season on its new network home, the CW. Just as the series kicked its new season off to fans’ delight, Supergirl faced a surprising new foe; Miley Cyrus. In a recent interview with Variety, the pop star commented on the concept of Supergirl: A lot of it could be changed if we had a female president. That would give us a subconscious boost….

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REVIEW: Peepland #1: A Grimy, Gritty Tour of a Rotten Big Apple

REVIEW: Peepland #1: A Grimy, Gritty Tour of a Rotten Big Apple

When I first moved to New York in the 1990s, the city was at the tail end of a massive transformation from the crime-infested, bankrupt poster child for urban decay that it was for the 1970s and 80s into the tourist-mecca Disney-fied metropolis it is now. I was lucky to catch the last few bits of authentically crappy Manhattan that existed. Peepland #1, set in 1986, take place firmly in the days of crack, AIDS, and…

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REVIEW: Detective Comics #942 – A Climax Neither Strange nor Monstrous Enough

REVIEW: Detective Comics #942 – A Climax Neither Strange nor Monstrous Enough

After four issues that saw the “Night of the Monster Men” arc stay on just the right side of goofy monster mash fun while still feeling grounded, the conclusion of the mini-event is a missed opportunity, with Detective Comics #942 delivering a climax that doesn’t pack much of a punch and lacks narrative clarity to the resolution. Writers Steve Orlando & James Tynion IV, with artist Andy MacDonald, deliver a finale that is neither thrilling…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Kiss #1

ADVANCE REVIEW: Kiss #1

There is no rock band on Earth more well-suited to comics than Kiss. A lot of that has to do with how perfectly the look and vibe of the band fits in with comic book aesthetics. The face-paint, the costumes, the weird theatrical fantasy-meets-horror-meets-sci-fi tone of the group. And, of course, they’ve been irrevocably intertwined with comics ever since they poured a vial of blood into an ink vat at Marvel and sold their first…

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REVIEW: Marvel’s Luke Cage – Season 1, Episodes 12 & 13

REVIEW: Marvel’s Luke Cage – Season 1, Episodes 12 & 13

Welcome back to our reviews of each episode of Netflix and Marvel’s Luke Cage. Check out my earlier reviews below: Episode 1  Episode 2 Episode 3 Episode 4 Episode 5 Episode 6 Episode 7 Episode 8 Episode 9 Episode 10 Episode 11 And, now, as Pops would say, Always forward.   Episodes 12 (“Soliloquy of Chaos“) & 13 (“You Know My Steez“) With these two episodes, the first season of Marvel’s Luke Cage comes to a…

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