“Mara #2”

“Mara #2”

I’m reading a comic about a volleyball player. That’s my first thought. My second is that I’m actually intrigued. I blame Brian Wood for that. The debut issue of Mara was pretty well done. The book did a great job of introducing Mara’s character and the world she inhabits. Political and social commentary are as much a part of this book as it is in any of Wood’s other works. For a recent example, look…

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“Deadpool Killustrated #1”

“Deadpool Killustrated #1”

I don’t know why I expected anything different. Deadpool is not subtle in the least. It says right on the cover that this title is “butchering stories from literature’s finest authors”. Somewhere in my mind I guess I hoped for Deadpool Killustrated to contain a modern satirical version of the Classics Illustrated series from which it takes its name but maintaining some of the values the latter espoused and promoted. The initial Classics Illustrated run lasted 30 years and sought to…

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Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness

Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness

I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge fan of licensed comic adaptations. Too often, they come off as tired retreads of source stories, reading like bad fan-fiction as opposed to faithful continuations of beloved characters and themes. Continuing with this theme of honesty, I’ll confess to being an immense Star Trek fan. I once used my detailed knowledge of the various starships Enterprise to defeat a rather squirrely solution to an education resolution in a…

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“Young Avengers #1”

“Young Avengers #1”

Out of all of the new Marvel NOW! titles, Young Avengers may be the one I was most curious about. The original Young Avengers by Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung holds a dear place in my heart. This is the first attempt at an ongoing since that original run, and I was hesitant to accept a new writer. I loved Kieron Gillen’s Phonogram a few years back, but his recent Marvel output has been a…

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“Borderlands Origins #3”

“Borderlands Origins #3”

When it comes to licensed properties in the comic book medium, IDW is king. Godzilla: Half Century War is one of the best limited series I’ve read in years. Judge Dredd is terrific. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Fuh-get-a-bout-iiiitttt! With so many great licensed comic book properties to choose from, it’s no wonder I was caught off guard when I read “Borderlands Origins #3” by Mike Neumann and Agustin Padilla, because it is without a doubt…

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“Bedlam #3”

“Bedlam #3”

The first five pages of this book will make it or break it for readers. Visually, the first three will turn away a lot of readers who aren’t prepared to see animal cruelty in a comic. New readers to the book will also probably turn away. For hardcore cat lovers, the first three pages are just brutal and heart wrenching. For those who can look past them and people who found issues #1 and #2…

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“Chew #31”

“Chew #31”

Last issue featured the death of a major character in Chew. And no, I’m not going to spoil it for you in the first paragraph of the review for “Chew #31.” Instead, let’s discuss how this issue brings not one, but two funerals. No, there is no new shocking death in these panels. Through the use of flashbacks, we are taken to the time when Tony Chew buried his wife. Warning: Spoilers! In the last…

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“Hell Yeah #6”

“Hell Yeah #6”

I come into this second volume of Hell Yeah with great curiosity. The first volume (issues #1-5) openly wore  pop culture/comics influences on its sleeve providing a charm and intangible energy to the book both in the artwork and the interesting bits of the story. With all that energy and enthusiasm coming off those first five issues, Keatinge always left me feeling like there was some more (in a good way) to explore. So, in…

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“Revival #6”

“Revival #6”

For anyone, like myself, who has spent most their life growing up in Wisconsin or even the Mid-West in general, there’s really no excuse for you not to be reading Revival; it’s tailor made for us. Every joke made about cows is right on, and every “don’t cha know” rings true, and it’s awesome for scenes to take place in—and to hear mention of—real life cities you’ve probably been to. For everyone else, there’s really no…

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“Prophet #33”

“Prophet #33”

Of the slew of releases in the last year by Image, Prophet continues to push harder in stretching ideas and imagination on the page. Brandon Graham and company are interested in big, broad strokes of expression, sprinkling dialogue and a little exposition here and there to help push a story of intergalactic war against an old empire. In this issue, the reader learns that old man prophet has assembled a crew to assist in creating…

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