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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Marvel’s “Champions” – The Change Agents of the Marvel Universe?

Marvel’s “Champions” – The Change Agents of the Marvel Universe?

In Marvel’s recently announced ongoing series Champions, six young heroes are looking to change the world by redeeming the concept of super heroes following a divisive conflict. From writer Mark Waid and artist Humberto Ramos, Champions stars Ms. Marvel, Nova, the Miles Morales Spider-Man, the Totally Awesome Hulk, a teenaged Cyclops and Viv Vision as a new team focused on the future. If their motivation for revolution sounds familiar, maybe it’s because this series looks like Marvel’s…

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REVIEW: Deathstroke #1 – Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know

REVIEW: Deathstroke #1 – Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know

After a stunningly successful Rebirth one-shot, writer Christopher Priest hits the ground running with Deathstroke #1, a complicated and ruthless thriller that provides strong proof for how compelling and uncompromising his take on Slade Wilson is going to be. If there’s a flaw to the issue, it’s in how already Priest is structuring this series as an edgy and dark political thriller with a villain as the protagonist and the resulting complexity of the plot….

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REVIEW: Blue Beetle – Rebirth #1 – Meet the Beetles, Again

REVIEW: Blue Beetle – Rebirth #1 – Meet the Beetles, Again

Blue Beetle – Rebirth #1 accomplishes a major objective really well. For some readers, Jaime Reyes is the definitive Blue Beetle, the one they want to read. And for others, Ted Kord will always be the Beetle for them. The creative team of Keith Giffen and Scott Kolins manage to hit upon the perfect solution for everyone; this book will star both characters. It seems like a no-brainer, but it’s a solid decision that winds…

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