Comic Book Market Maven: Retro Spider-Man, Bat-Families & Zombies Lead the Week

Comic Book Market Maven: Retro Spider-Man, Bat-Families & Zombies Lead the Week

In the second week of the five-week July, some publishers continue to put their efforts into just one or two big titles, while Marvel and DC continue to battle it out via ancillary titles related to their two big characters. The Big Two Of course, DC has another issue of Batman Eternal on sale this week, but additionally this week sees the release of a handful of other second-tier and related Batman titles, including “Detective…

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ADVANCE SCOUT 7/2/14 Lean Summer Cuts

ADVANCE SCOUT 7/2/14 Lean Summer Cuts

SITUATION: In the United States, this week is all a prelude to the 4th of July. It’s our Independence Day, and it’s also when Hurricane Arthur is supposed to make its way up the East Coast. While many people will be enjoying grilled hamburgers and hot dogs and maybe a few illegal fireworks here and there, this doesn’t mean that you’re left without some high-quality choices as far as comic books go. And if you’re…

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Point of Entry: Sin City: The Hard Goodbye

Point of Entry: Sin City: The Hard Goodbye

Frank Miller Dark Horse When I started Sin City I started them in the wrong order. I was first getting into American comics, I had already seen the movie, and I thought that I needed to read the epic tale that is Sin City. I was so excited to get into it that I read the second book first. While I liked A Dame To Kill For, it does not compare to The Hard Goodbye….

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Comic Book Market Maven: Marvel Kicks Off Five-Week July With Bang

Comic Book Market Maven: Marvel Kicks Off Five-Week July With Bang

This week sees the start of July, and with it a five-week month (that is, a month with five Wednesdays in it), meaning the various comic book companies have to spread their usual fare out amongst five weeks instead of four and/or pump out extra content to fill that fifth week. Let’s take a look at week one’s offerings. The Big Two Marvel starts off the month with its biggest book, the latest issue of…

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Review: Mind The Gap and Watch out for the Crazy

Review: Mind The Gap and Watch out for the Crazy

Jim McCann (writer) / RodinEsquejo (artist) / Adrian Alphona (artist) Image Comics TPB $9.99 When I first saw Mind the Gap, I picked it up because I thought to myself, Oh my gosh, it’s the same cover art as Morning Glories! Then when I looked inside and found out that it was all like that, I knew that I had to read it. I’m a big fan of Image comics. With Image you get stories…

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UPDATED: Union Victory as “C.O.W.L. #2” Sells Out at Distributor Level

UPDATED: Union Victory as “C.O.W.L. #2” Sells Out at Distributor Level

UPDATE: (6/26/14) In a press release, Image announced that there will be second printing of issue #2, in stores on July 23. Creator Kyle Higgins posted earlier tonight on Twitter that he had received word from the publisher that the second issue of  C.O.W.L. had sold out at a distributor level. The first issue sold just under 21K copies, not quite breaking the top 100 for Diamond. The series is the first for Higgins (Nightwing) at…

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REVIEW: “Superman #32” Is the One You’ve Been Waiting For

REVIEW: “Superman #32” Is the One You’ve Been Waiting For

When it comes to super heroes, there is no arguing: Superman is the granddaddy of them all. In recent years though, the man of steel has fallen on hard times. Despite a strong start under manic mastermind Grant Morrison in the pages of Action Comics, the version of the character who has appeared in the pages of DC comics since being rebooted for the new 52 has appeared inconsistent, off-kilter, and has failed to capture…

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REVIEW: “Dream Thief: Escape #1” Exceeds Expectations

REVIEW: “Dream Thief: Escape #1” Exceeds Expectations

Writer: Jai Nitz Artist: Greg Smallwood Publisher: Dark Horse Finally, Dream Thief: Escape is here for us all to devour. This issue starts off with a flashback to John Lincoln’s father in Florida. Of course, Jai Nitz had to make some ’80s pop culture references. It only adds to my belief that this could have easily been an episode of Miami Vice. I’m pretty sure if Miami Vice were an animated series, Greg Smallwood’s art…

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Comic Book Market Maven: Batman Battles Spider-Man For The Top Spot

Comic Book Market Maven: Batman Battles Spider-Man For The Top Spot

The last week of June should prove to be big, as Marvel and DC both release new issues of their best-selling regular series while Image, IDW and Dark Horse all publish new issues of some of their top series. The Big Two This week sees the release of both a new issue of Batman from DC and “Amazing Spider-Man #3” from Marvel. The former is consistently DC’s best-selling regular series, while the first two issues…

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Point of Entry: Sandman Epic Dreamscape Story

Point of Entry: Sandman Epic Dreamscape Story

Neil Gaiman (writer) / Sam Keith (artist) / Mike Dringenberg (artist) / Todd Klein (artist) Vertigo Comics TPB $19.99 I like fanasy. I like mythology. I like DC Comics. Apparently, if you like all of these things you are obligated to at least read Sandman. Ever since Sandman has begun his reprise in Sandman Overture my husband has been nagging me to get on the ball and read this. (He is a Neil Gaiman nerd.)…

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