Robotech To the Rescue This Summer from Titan Comics

Robotech To the Rescue This Summer from Titan Comics

If you grew up in the 1980s, you probably had your first exposure to anime via Robotech. Also, you’re probably struggling with turning 40. This summer, Titan Comics offers you a distraction from fast-approaching middle age by bringing the beloved property back to American comics with a new ongoing series based on the beloved sci-fi anime that, for many, started it all! Written by Eisner nominee Brian Wood (“DMZ,” “Northlanders,” “Moon Knight”) with art by Marco Turini…

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BACK ISSUES: Legion, Marvel and Mental Illness

BACK ISSUES: Legion, Marvel and Mental Illness

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the column where I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. Last week saw the premiere of Legion, a new FX TV series based on the Marvel character created by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz. The series follows David Haller, a mutant currently being treated for schizophrenia as a patient in a psychiatric hospital. Haller is one of the few…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: John Carter – The End #1 – Return to the Originator

ADVANCE REVIEW: John Carter – The End #1 – Return to the Originator

These days, for most people, John Carter is synonymous with one of the biggest box office flops of all time when Disney’s 2012 film adaptation was met with a critical drubbing and lost the studio so much money they fired the head of the studio. Dynamite’s John Carter – The End #1 seeks to redeem the legendary character’s reputation with a grim and stripped-down opening chapter that intrigues and engages by not trying to take…

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REVIEW: Black Road #2 – Thin on Story, Long on Mood

REVIEW: Black Road #2 – Thin on Story, Long on Mood

After an impressive first issue, Black Road #2 felt off to me. The debut issue, written by Brian Wood,  set up a compelling central character in Magnus the Black, a lethal hulk of a Norse warrior living in the times of Christianity’s emergence in Norway. Magnus has been hired to accompany Cardinal Farina up the violent Black Road. That first issue merged interesting themes about the clashes of religions and cultures alongside a compelling narrative…

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REVIEW: Mara TPB

REVIEW: Mara TPB

We all know what to do when we inevitably get bitten by a radioactive spider; you fashion yourself a lycra costume to hide your secret identity and use your great power responsibly, right? Well what happens if you discover your powers, in public, and the whole world happens to be watching? You have no anonymity, no privacy, not even a moment to process what you can do or who you have become. Will you still…

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After Wednesday

Hello crusaders! In lieu of my regular type of more in-depth review, I wanted to give some quick picks for the week based on what I read out of the shop (and computer) that I felt was worth a look for 8/21/13. Here we go: “Conan the Barbarian #19” I am a little behind on the Wood run, and I feel doubly awful that I have yet to catch up on the recent first volume…

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Celebrating 50 Years of X-Men with X-Men: Battle of the Atom

Celebrating 50 Years of X-Men with X-Men: Battle of the Atom

Are you an X-Men fan? If you answered, Yes, then you’re in luck, as Marvel announced that it will be celebrating the X-Men’s 50th anniversary with an all new event called X-Men: Battle of the Atom. This event, which will be the first X-Men crossover since Second Coming, will be handled by an all-star creative team in Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron, Brian Wood, Frank Cho, Stuart Immonen, Chris Bachalo, David Lopez, and Giuseppe Camuncoli. Battle…

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ADVANCE SCOUT: 5 Books to Look For This Wednesday (1/29/13)

ADVANCE SCOUT: 5 Books to Look For This Wednesday (1/29/13)

Each week, the Capeless Crew picks out those books that we think are most worthy of your dollars and attention. Without further ado, here are this week’s picks! “INVINCIBLE #100” Robert Kirkman has created a character who may well be the first great super hero creation of the 21st century. He has shepherded Mark Grayson through an astonishing amount of adventures in his first 100 issues, and the 100th issue brings that chapter of this…

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“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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ADVANCE SCOUT: 5 Books to Look For This Wednesday (1/23/13)

ADVANCE SCOUT: 5 Books to Look For This Wednesday (1/23/13)

Each week, the Capeless Crew picks out those books that we think are most worthy of your dollars and attention. Without further ado, here are this week’s picks! “MASSIVE #8” The journey of Callum Isreal and the crew of the Kapital is coming to a turning point, as they may finally have  lead on the location of their sister ship, the Massive. Wood has created characters with shockingly different motivations, so much so that it…

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