ADVANCE REVIEW: Doctor Who – The Twelfth Doctor Year Three #2 – An Ordinary Diversion

ADVANCE REVIEW: Doctor Who – The Twelfth Doctor Year Three #2 – An Ordinary Diversion

The third year of Titan’s series depicting the adventures of the Twelfth Doctor kicked off with a first issue that was a fun mash-up of iconography from the classic TV series with the fast-paced character-based storytelling approach of the modern series. It boasted a promising start for the third volume of this series. And that’s why it’s undeniably a bummer to see Doctor Who – The Twelfth Doctor Year Three #2 be basically a fill-in,…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Archie #19 – A Guy, A Girl, and a Jughead

ADVANCE REVIEW: Archie #19 – A Guy, A Girl, and a Jughead

Archie #19 is in many ways, your typical Archie story, but it’s typical in both the way it follows a pattern of the franchise since it began long ago and typical in the way the publisher’s revised approach to Archie and his pals has created some of the most satisfying YA comics around. In this way, Archie #19 is the best of both worlds, both funny and light-hearted even as it manages to be insightful…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: The Greatest Adventure #1: A Ship Too Overloaded to Fly?

ADVANCE REVIEW: The Greatest Adventure #1: A Ship Too Overloaded to Fly?

You can’t fault Dynamite, writer Bill Willingham, or artist Cezar Razek for their boldness. The Greatest Adventure #1 centres around the ambitious idea of bringing together a host of classic characters created by prolific pulp writer Edgar Rice Burroughs and sending them off on an grand expedition against a seemingly implacable foe. It’s a big concept on a large, apocalyptic scale, to be sure. And while I give the team points for its pulpy ambitions,…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Doctor Who – The Twelfth Doctor Year Three #1: From Under the Sea…

ADVANCE REVIEW: Doctor Who – The Twelfth Doctor Year Three #1: From Under the Sea…

We’re only a few days from the premiere of Peter Capaldi‘s final full series of “Doctor Who”, and those fans who are lamenting losing their prickly, complicated Twelfth Doctor (like yours truly) can take comfort in the face that, with Titan’s Doctor Who – The Twelfth Doctor Year Three #1, there are still opportunities to enjoy this current Time Lord’s regeneration in all his glory. With a spooky and atmospheric opening issue by writer George…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: The Big Moose One-Shot – The Big Galoot Takes Center Stage

ADVANCE REVIEW: The Big Moose One-Shot – The Big Galoot Takes Center Stage

For a while now, Archie Comics have been absolutely killing it with the reinvention of their venerable line of teen high-jink comics. Of course, the adventures of Archie Andrews and his gang have been comic-book gateway drugs for generations of readers, along with the Sunday funnies, Asterix and Tintin. And for decades, the Riverdale gang has been as dated as those others remain. But the recent realignment and reboot of Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: The Spirit – The Corpse-Makers #2: The Plot Thickens

ADVANCE REVIEW: The Spirit – The Corpse-Makers #2: The Plot Thickens

Writer/Artist/Letterer Francesco Francavilla continues to deliver the goods with The Spirit – The Corpse-Makers #2, proving that Will Eisner‘s most famous creation packs his boldest punch when there’s a singular creative vision at the helm. The issue opens with what is probably Raymond Chandler’s definitive quote, “The streets were dark with something more than night…” and utilizing that quote and that writer should tell you the kind of Spirit story Francavilla is telling. After last…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: X-O Manowar #1 – A Soldier Reluctantly Reenlists

ADVANCE REVIEW: X-O Manowar #1 – A Soldier Reluctantly Reenlists

When the most recent and critically acclaimed run of “X-O Manowar” concluded last year (created by writer Robert Venditti over a remarkable 50 issue run), the closing pages of its finale served as a prologue for a new direction for series protagonist Aric. It showed the time-tossed Visigoth solider sitting atop a throne on an alien world, grizzled and scarred and surrounded by corpses and blood. Now, a new volume of Aric’s adventures by writer…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Quantum Teens Are Go #1 – Young Punk Mad Scientists in Love

ADVANCE REVIEW: Quantum Teens Are Go #1 – Young Punk Mad Scientists in Love

Quantum Teens Are Go #1 is packed with energy from cover to cover. From its opening scene featuring a young punk skater named Natalie braining a robot with bolt cutters while her boyfriend Sumesh tries to get his ray gun to work, the issue never lets up. The result is a full-blooded and contemporary melding of outsider-teen romance and pulp sci-fi high-jinks. If that doesn’t sound appealing to you, then you’re just not getting enough…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Doctor Who – The Eleventh Doctor Year Three #2: Memory Play

ADVANCE REVIEW: Doctor Who – The Eleventh Doctor Year Three #2: Memory Play

Doctor Who – The Eleventh Doctor Year Three #2 has a lot to offer both new and long-term fans of the property, being as it is a story largely about the importance of memory in general and the Doctor’s in particular. Fans of the new series will enjoy glimpses of Rose Tyler and various villains, and will also enjoy a new and compelling take on new series baddie the Silence with the issue’s depiction of…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Doctor Who – The Twelfth Doctor Year Two #14: The Metatextual Invasion

ADVANCE REVIEW: Doctor Who – The Twelfth Doctor Year Two #14: The Metatextual Invasion

Metatextual writing is a tough needle to thread. If you take too subtle an approach, the references can come off as hokey and easy. But if you hit the references too hard then at time sit can across as mocking, too inside-baseball, or even lazy. Writer Robbie Morrison and artist Rachael Stott tackle this tricky style in The Twelfth Doctor Year Two #14, and though I appreciate the intent, there are times when I wished the creative…

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