Channel Zero: The Complete Collection

Channel Zero: The Complete Collection

With how big Brian Wood’s name has only recently blown up, it’s almost surprising to look at his back catalogue of work and see how absolutely enormous it is. I first heard of him when DMZ first came out, but he had still been around for almost a decade, his name generating a lot of buzz in the indie comic world for titles like Local, Demo, and something called Channel Zero. Channel Zero was the…

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Batman: Earth One

Batman: Earth One

This week, DC Comics released the latest volume of their Earth One imprint.  Batman: Earth One is the second such story from the major publisher, coming on the heels of 2010’s Superman: Earth One by J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis, and continues the format with a complete, standalone story in graphic novel length. Batman: Earth One tells the Batman origin story in a modern day setting, not unlike Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins. While the…

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REVIEW: “Action Comics #11”

REVIEW: “Action Comics #11”

I wish I could say that this was another perfect issue of Action Comics, but that would be a stretch. Grant Morrison rarely achieves perfection, largely because he is so interested in experimentation. In this issue, we get to see his experiment in telling a Superman story without Clark Kent. SPOILER WARNING: If you haven’t read last month’s issue of Action Comics, go out and pick it up before you read any further. This issue…

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“Silk Spectre #1”

“Silk Spectre #1”

DC’s Before Watchmen event continued this week with the release of the first issue of Silk Spectre. This book features the creative team of Amanda Conner and Darwyn Cooke (also the creator of Minutemen) and tells a tale of two super-heroines. Sally Jupiter, the original Silk Spectre of the Minutemen, is seen here after the close of her career. Her daughter, Laurie, is the primary focus of the book, which shows her attempting to come…

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“Mars Attacks #1”

“Mars Attacks #1”

Now a cult card game and originally created in the early ’60s, the Mars Attacks franchise is celebrating its 50th anniversary and to celebrate these delirious Martians, IDW has now brought them back to comics, in a book that is bursting with fun, personality and terrific visuals.     In keeping with the tradition and spirit of the franchise, IDW has cleverly released over 50 covers, each one printed with its own trade card cover from the…

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“Action Comics #10”

“Action Comics #10”

After last month’s brief sojourn into the world of Calvin Lewis, Super-President, Morrison returns us to the regularly scheduled adventures of a young Superman struggling to find his place in the world. The Clark Kent in Action Comics is so vastly different from the one in the pages of Superman as to boggle the mind. This is Clark Kent the crusader, Clark Kent the intrepid reporter, and Clark Kent the idealist who believes that he and his friends could…

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REVIEW: “America’s Got Powers #2”

REVIEW: “America’s Got Powers #2”

How would our society treat the truly “different?”  If young men and women suddenly displayed abilities and changes unlike anything in recorded history, what would happen to concepts like all men are created equal? Writer Jonathan Ross has spent his career as a newsman, asking hard questions of the powers around the world. In America’s Got Powers, he uses the fantastical device of a sudden appearance of super-humans to call into question some of the…

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REVIEW: Blood of Palomar

REVIEW: Blood of Palomar

Set in the 1980s, Blood of Palomar is a thrilling book about Palomar, a fictional, chaotic Latin American town. The main thread is the murder mystery. The bodies pile up quickly, and clues are given along the way, sometimes subtly tucked into the artwork. An uneducated teen artist, Humberto, is the only one who knows the killer’s     identity. His promising art starts as abstract drawings of all the people of Palomar; he loses his mind…

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REVIEW: “Secret Avengers #27”

REVIEW: “Secret Avengers #27”

Another week, another new AVX tie-in, as “Secret Avengers #27” proves to be an enjoyable installment! This issue reads a little differently than previous arcs of Secret Avengers due to only half the core cast members appearing. Thor, Ms. Marvel, Vision and Protector guest star, which may leave some feeling like this story could have taken place in a different Avengers book. Although the crossover halts the momentum set in place by previous plot threads,…

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REVIEW: “The Secret History of D.B. Cooper #3”

REVIEW: “The Secret History of D.B. Cooper #3”

This is not a book for the weak of mind or stomach. The latest installment of Brian Churilla’s psycho-pharmaceutical-driven espionage tale significantly raises the stakes for its titular hero.  Up to this point, Cooper has appeared as the epitome of the hard-boiled hero—irascible, invincible, and possessed of a secret which drives him on his quest. No longer. Cooper is less a hero and more an assassin. As we learn the scope of his past activities,…

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