“Harley Quinn #2”: Putting Comedy Back in Comics

“Harley Quinn #2”: Putting Comedy Back in Comics

When’s the last time you smiled the whole way through a comic? A DC comic? A Bat-family DC comic? A T-Rated bat-family DC comic? As my local comic-shop manager describes it: post-New 52 Detective has been “The bloody, slutty, DCU.” At two years into this massive publisher wide reboot, Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti deliver us Harley Quinn, a long time fan favorite character, for the first time (in New 52 continuity) in her own…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: “Furious #1”

ADVANCE REVIEW: “Furious #1”

Furious is the tale of Cadence Lark, frequent subject of supermarket gossip rags and owner of newly discovered superpowers! As Bryan Glass describes in his letters column: Her very name means ‘Falling Songbird.’ Only now she can touch the sky, seeking her redemption as she desperately once fell to ground in pursuit of fame. But of what substance is fame that so many seek its promises with such fervor? In this issue we get some…

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#whoisfurious Press Conference

#whoisfurious Press Conference

Earlier tonight, Dark Horse Comics hosted a Press Conference with the fictional character from their upcoming original title, Furious. Part PR campaign and equal parts insight into her character and an exercise in roleplaying. It was also a creative way to debut an arch-nemesis for our titular character. However you see it, this is truly an interesting approach for a book that examines dissemination of information and celebrity in the age of social media. We had…

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“Captain Marvel #17”

“Captain Marvel #17”

I’ve come rather late to the game on the latest wave of Captain Marvel, but as a comics site that seeks to mine social and emotional relevancy, there are some legitimate reasons we should be writing more about Carol Danvers. Captain Marvel strikes the perfect blend of fun comic-book-actiony-goodness and subtle social commentary. This issue alone, through a Spartacus-esque show of support, dips into the positive power of hope and the influence we can have shaping…

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“My Little Pony Annual #1: Equestria Girls”

“My Little Pony Annual #1: Equestria Girls”

Has it already been a year since the release of “My Little Pony #1“? We’ve seen a strong start and several excellent arcs thus far, including a separate series of character one shots. Anyone who knows me knows I adore these anthropomorphized horses and the life lessons they can offer to kids while simultaneously embarking on thrilling adventures squaring off against monsters with magic and flight and strength—you know, superpowers. Even adults, in our dog…

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REVIEW: Mara TPB

REVIEW: Mara TPB

We all know what to do when we inevitably get bitten by a radioactive spider; you fashion yourself a lycra costume to hide your secret identity and use your great power responsibly, right? Well what happens if you discover your powers, in public, and the whole world happens to be watching? You have no anonymity, no privacy, not even a moment to process what you can do or who you have become. Will you still…

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Vermin Royalty: Interview with Kurtis Weibe and Roc Upchurch

Vermin Royalty: Interview with Kurtis Weibe and Roc Upchurch

Every once in awhile a comic comes along that feels like it was made just for you; for me, Rat Queens is that comic. It brings back a world of swords and fantasy to a market largely dominated (volume-wise) by capes and superpowers. It’s funny (very funny), action packed, and just all out fun. Last month I had the pleasure of interviewing creators Kurtis Weibe and Roc Upchurch at the “Rat Queens #1” Launch Party…

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Rat Queens Sells Out!

Always happy to see a book I’ve been excited for do well! ‘Grats to Kurtis Wiebe & Roc Upchurch on an amazing debut of Rat Queens! [FROM THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE] Rat Queens on the Scene with a Sell Out: Funny high fantasy tale gathers accolades, fans and goes back to press This year, Image Comics asked, “WHAT’S NEXT?” and answered that question with a bevy of new releases that went on to instant sell-outs,…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: “Rat Queens #1”

ADVANCE REVIEW: “Rat Queens #1”

Every once in awhile a book comes along that seems to be penned just for you. As someone who has grown up playing Dungeons and Dragons, celebrating the Baggins’ birthday (last Sunday, happy belated F & B), and has had a blast the past decade watching Tolkienian influence creep into pop-culture thanks to the likes of Peter Jackson, Blizzard Entertainment and HBO; Rat Queens is that book. When a creator and world builder as capable…

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Baltimore Comic Con Announces Panel Schedule and Cosplay Details

Baltimore Comic Con Announces Panel Schedule and Cosplay Details

My favorite part of any con are the panels. Hearing personal and industry stories puts the humanity into our entertainment. So it has been with great anticipation that I’ve been awaiting the panel lineup for this weekend’s Baltimore Comic-Con, which I’m happy to share with you some of my faves, and a full schedule can be found here.  My con will be culminating Sunday with the Cosplay contest; can’t wait to compete in my largest…

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