True North, Strong and Free: ChapterHouse, Captain Canuck, and the History of Canadian Comics

True North, Strong and Free: ChapterHouse, Captain Canuck, and the History of Canadian Comics

Over the weekend at Fan Expo Toronto, Canadian comics publisher ChapterHouse announced the expansion of their superhero line throughout 2017, the result being a new universe of heroes that readers can jump aboard at the ground floor. As reported on Comic Book Resources, the expansion will unify their existing and new line of hero books under the “Chapterverse” banner, establishing what ChapterHouse bills as “a whole universe for $8 a month.” From the CBR piece,…

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REVIEW: Cyborg: Rebirth #1 – Part Reboot, Part Retread, All Too Familiar

REVIEW: Cyborg: Rebirth #1 – Part Reboot, Part Retread, All Too Familiar

I don’t envy the creative team on Cyborg: Rebirth #1. The issue suffers from some of the worst problems that have dogged this line of one-shots. The Rebirth books have sometimes been overwhelmed by needing to be jumping-on points for new readers while not ruining the impact of the upcoming #1s that will launch the actual series. So, as a result, they either lean too heavily on past continuity that befuddles new readers or suffer from…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Josie and the Pussycats #1 – Classic Goes Modern And Doesn’t Miss a Beat

ADVANCE REVIEW: Josie and the Pussycats #1 – Classic Goes Modern And Doesn’t Miss a Beat

For the last few years, Archie Comics has completely reinvigorated itself by attracting top comics to the stalwart publisher of young adult comics, then allowing that talent to update classic characters to the modern day. Josie and the Pussycats #1 is no exception.  Writers Marguerite Bennett and Cameron Deordio, alongside artist Audrey Mok, have taken the Archie spin-off girl-band into the 21st century with all of their charm and fun intact. If you’re a life-long…

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SUNDAY AT THE SHOPS: Philadelphia’s Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse – Breaking the Mold

SUNDAY AT THE SHOPS: Philadelphia’s Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse – Breaking the Mold

Welcome to a new column here at Capeless that we’re calling “Sunday at the Shops”, where each week one of our writers will shine a spotlight on a friendly neighbourhood comic shop. They’re a vital part of the industry, one that often is overlooked or seems imposing to new readers. So we hope that each Sunday you’ll come back, read about the people who run these stores, and maybe find a new shop to wander…

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PREVIEWS: First Look at “Going Rogue” in Uncanny Avengers

PREVIEWS: First Look at “Going Rogue” in Uncanny Avengers

Marvel has sent out preview pages for the opening chapter of “Going Rogue”, a new story arc beginning in Uncanny Avengers #15 written by Gerry Duggan with art by Pepe Larraz. The issue finds the Avengers Unity Squad in a tenuous place following the team’s official disbandment after “Civil War II.” But when they get wind of the Hand’s sinister intentions for the body of Bruce Banner, they’re forced to go on the run to stop…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Reanimator TPB: Breathing Life Into Herbert West

ADVANCE REVIEW: Reanimator TPB: Breathing Life Into Herbert West

Dynamite’s Reanimator trade paperback exemplifies the peculiar challenge to those who attempt to adapt the writings of HP Lovecraft into other media and for modern audiences. He’s the godfather of “Weird Fiction”, a pulp writer whose singular and disturbing visions of elder gods from beyond space and time and the hapless humans who learn of them have influenced countless horror, science fiction and fantasy creators in the nearly 100 years since he was originally published….

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BACK ISSUES: Essential Deathstroke

BACK ISSUES: Essential Deathstroke

Welcome to our new column, “Back Issues,” where each week I’ll examine a character, concept or issue making waves in comics today through issues from the past. I’m hoping this column will remind you of some great stories you’ve always been meaning to read, introduce to classics you’ve never heard of, or even just show you how weird and downright insane some of the stories have been over nearly a century of comic book storytelling….

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REVIEW: Gotham Academy Annual #1 – A Fun Mix of Scooby Doo, Batman and Harry Potter

REVIEW: Gotham Academy Annual #1 – A Fun Mix of Scooby Doo, Batman and Harry Potter

One of the best surprises to come out of the New 52 was “Gotham Academy”, the fun YA-oriented series taking place at a prestigious Gotham City boarding school with ties to the city’s most famous crime-fighting citizen. Written by Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher, with Karl Kerschl on art, “Gotham Academy” wound up being a delightfully kooky and well-structured mystery for kids without being childish. With its first semester having concluded, Gotham Academy Annual #1…

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PREVIEWS: First Look at ONE WEEK IN THE LIBRARY From Image

PREVIEWS: First Look at ONE WEEK IN THE LIBRARY From Image

Writer W. Maxwell Prince and artist John Amor have re-teamed following “Judas: The Last Days” for Image’s upcoming original graphic novel, One Week in the Library.  The book recounts a single eventful week in a magical library through seven short stories, each one told via a variety storytelling approaches. Utilizing such disparate styles like infographics, prose, poetry and sequential art, One Week in the Library is an experimental journey through a place where every story that’s ever…

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Updated: Is Image Relocating to Portland?

Updated: Is Image Relocating to Portland?

UPDATE, AUG. 30, 2016: Following up on the earlier rumour reported on Comics Beat, Newsarama reported today that they have confirmed that indeed Image Comics will be relocating to Portland later this year. Citing an unnamed source from within the publishing company, the site also reported that no major executive shake-ups are planned with the move, though it is unknown how many staff will be relocating from Berkeley to Portland. Though Newsarama’s piece does state that…

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