REVIEW: DMZ: On The Ground

REVIEW: DMZ: On The Ground

Welcome to the world of DMZ. What if Manhattan sat on the front line of an American Civil War? What if the citizens of a country that hasn’t seen warfare on its doorstep in almost one-hundred and fifty years found itself once again rent asunder and the greatest city of the 20th Century was caught in the middle? Imagine that, for a moment, all the images you see on the news of war-torn third-world nations…

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REVIEW: The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity

REVIEW: The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity

There are few comic books out there which openly strive to be literature. The Unwritten is one of them, but it is far more than that. Its first volume, collecting the first five issues of the series in 2009, sets the stage for the driving theme of the work, that of a literary cabal who determines what stories will and will not be told so as to guide the path of the world. The Unwritten is…

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REVIEW: “The Secret History of D.B. Cooper #2”

REVIEW: “The Secret History of D.B. Cooper #2”

The second issue of Brian Churilla’s psychedelic epic simultaneously continues to dismay and disgust. Much like the first issue, we join the hero mid-action, this time providing us the back story behind his first meeting with the one-eared red teddy bear who will be his guide through much of the series. As before, the issue jumps back and forth between Cooper’s adventures in The Glut, the sickeningly surreal psychic world that seems to have impacts…

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REVIEW: “Action Comics #8”

REVIEW: “Action Comics #8”

I’ve been picking up Grant Morrison‘s Action Comics since the launch of DC’s New 52. The latest issue is the culmination of the first arc, which has had Superman face first the revamped Metallo (now METAL-0), and long-time nemesis Braniac. SPOILERS AHEAD! The issue does a passable job of tying off all of the various threads that Morrison has woven through the series over the last eight months, with a couple left hanging on which…

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REVIEW: “America’s Got Powers #1”

REVIEW: “America’s Got Powers #1”

Last month, Capeless Crusader previewed this week’s release of America’s Got Powers from Image Comics. The new limited series from writer Jonathan Ross and artist Bryan Hitch promised a reality-TV look at what would happen were super-powered individuals to emerge in our present-day American society. The first issue jumps right into reality, with the first page being taken up by an in-universe fictitious press-release about the new season of AGP. The page takes the form…

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REVIEW: “The Secret History of D.B. Cooper #1”

REVIEW: “The Secret History of D.B. Cooper #1”

D.B. Cooper has remained on the FBI’s Most Wanted list for over 40 years. The perpetrator of the only unsolved air piracy act in American history, he has never been caught. One might expect a book about this character to be an Ocean’s Eleven-style heist story, which would be huge fun. The Secret History of D.B. Cooper is not this book. Brian Churilla’s tale opens with a standard news broadcast regarding the hijacking, but wastes…

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REVIEW: The Nightly News

REVIEW: The Nightly News

It’s a rare occasion when I worry that a comic book purchase will land me on a Homeland Security watch list. After reading the first chapter of the elegant hardback that I picked up at Westfield Comics, I was concerned. The Nightly News was creator Jonathan Hickman‘s debut work. In it, he attempts to channel the popular rage that films such as Network andOutFoxed attempted to bring to the forefront. The pages are packed with…

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FILM REVIEW: Justice League: DOOM

FILM REVIEW: Justice League: DOOM

WARNING: REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Justice League: Doom is the latest offering from DC Animation.  Coming on the heels of last year’s Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, the film is based on the “Tower of Babel” storyline by Mark Waid. As with the source material, the film deals with what happens when Batman’s contingency plans for dealing with potential rogue Justice Leaguers are stolen and implemented by a criminal mastermind. For this role, the film swaps out Ra’s Al Ghul…

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