REVIEW: Dark Nights – Metal #1: Maddeningly Arcane, But With Promise

REVIEW: Dark Nights – Metal #1: Maddeningly Arcane, But With Promise

This isn’t just a review, it’s an admission. I’m afraid I have to tell you all that I’ve contracted an illness. And DC’s latest event title, Dark Nights – Metal #1, by Batman superstars Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, is the issue that made it clear to me that I am afflicted. I have CBEF Syndrome. If you’re unfamiliar with CBEF, it stands for Continuity-Based Event Fatigue. And with its incredibly dense narrative, tons of…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Angelic #1 – A Wonderfully Weird Sci-Fi Fable

ADVANCE REVIEW: Angelic #1 – A Wonderfully Weird Sci-Fi Fable

Angelic #1 is a kind of wonderful piece of weirdness. The first issue of the new science-fiction series from Image Comics, created by Simon Spurrier (“X-Men: Legacy,” “Cry Havoc,” Titan’s “Doctor Who” comics) and artist Caspar Wijngaard (“LIMBO”) is definitely one of the most unique concepts you’ll see. Its boldness and original vision makes it the most enjoyable post-apocalyptic cybernetic sci-fi fairy tale/animal fable/religious allegory/feminist adventure you or your kids will read this year. Angelic #1…

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REVIEW: Generations: Jean Grey/Phoenix is Inoffensive, Not Much Else

REVIEW: Generations: Jean Grey/Phoenix is Inoffensive, Not Much Else

Full disclosure: I haven’t read anything from Marvel besides Iceman in many months.  I have no idea what’s happening with the Generations event, and so I’m going into Generations: Jean Grey/Phoenix basically blind. The one-shot story follows teen Jean Grey as something drags her into the past.  There, she meets her past-future self — the original Jean Grey, during her first time as the Phoenix. I really like this idea, in theory.  However, I thought the Phoenix in…

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REVIEW: Mister Miracle #1 – Escaping Reality With A Miraculous Debut

REVIEW: Mister Miracle #1 – Escaping Reality With A Miraculous Debut

DC Comics has been absolutely killing it with their Jack Kirby tributes this year, which marks the 100th anniversary of the King of Comics’ birth. Not every project has been stellar, of course, but most have been bold in their own ways and all of them have displayed obvious love for the endlessly creative Kirby. And none get off to a more auspicious and brilliant beginning as Mister Miracle #1, written by Tom King with…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: ROSE #5 – Tightly Plotted, Enjoyable Heroic Fantasy

ADVANCE REVIEW: ROSE #5  – Tightly Plotted, Enjoyable Heroic Fantasy

As a genre, Fantasy goes together with comics extremely well. Comics employ mythic archetypes to great effect, and part of what makes Rose #5 such a successful instalment of its larger ongoing storyline is the way in which writer Meredith Finch and artist Ig Guara continue to employ these archetypes to create an adventure that should thrill any fantasy fan. The story of Rose #5 is split between two plot lines. In the minor storyline,…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Redlands #1 – Hell Comes to a Town That Deserves It

ADVANCE REVIEW: Redlands #1 – Hell Comes to a Town That Deserves It

The entirety of Redlands #1, the first issue of a new horror series from writer/color artist Jordie Bellaire and artist Vanesa R. Del Rey, is structured like the final act of most horror films. A small group of ordinary people are holed up in a confined location, under siege by horrifying supernatural forces, seemingly with no hope of escaping a bloody end. It’s a bold way to begin the story to be sure, but Redlands…

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REVIEW: The New Gods Special #1 – A Tribute That Reminds Us Why The King Was Unique

REVIEW: The New Gods Special #1 – A Tribute That Reminds Us Why The King Was Unique

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the King of comics, Mr. Jack Kirby, and DC Comics has marked 2017 with a series of Kirby-related projects that celebrate the master’s contribution to their universe. In fact, they’ve really made Marvel Comics look bad, given that Kirby’s legendary reputation was made at the House of Ideas. The New Gods Special #1 is one of those projects, and though everyone involved tries their best…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: The Dregs TPB: Haunting, Uncompromising, Honest, Beautiful

ADVANCE REVIEW: The Dregs TPB: Haunting, Uncompromising, Honest, Beautiful

Though I call the middle of America home these days, I am originally from the West Coast of Canada, and spent most of my life living in the city of Vancouver, British Columbia. Vancouver is, of course, renowned for its scenic beauty, but as The Dregs proves, it’s also home to one of the most significant communities of drug addiction and homelessness in North America; the downtown east side (or DTES, as it’s known). The…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Bloodshot: Salvation #1 – Taking A Soldier On A New Path

ADVANCE REVIEW: Bloodshot: Salvation #1 – Taking A Soldier On A New Path

Ever since writer Jeff Lemire became a driving creative force for the character, he’s added layers to Bloodshot even as he’s also given him some engrossing adventures to showcase the character’s strengths. Bloodshot: Salvation #1 is another high point for the franchise, and if the ongoing series that follows this debut issue can keep up this level of quality, then the character’s renaissance will continue. The issue uses a structure that finds the narrative alternating…

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TBT @ THE MOVIES: Flash Gordon Would Be a Delight, if Not for Racism, Sexual Violence

TBT @ THE MOVIES: Flash Gordon Would Be a Delight, if Not for Racism, Sexual Violence

My favorite kinds of movies are big, bombastic aesthetic films — movies like Batman v Superman, The Holy Mountain, and Skyfall — so I was pretty excited to watch Flash Gordon.  It has something of a reputation as a cult hit, in part due to its famous Queen soundtrack. Flash Gordon follows the adventures of the titular athlete, a girl named Dale, and an old scientist after they’re captured by the intergalactic warlord Ming the Merciless.  Ming…

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