FRIDAY FIRST LOOK: Marvel’s I Am Groot #1 – From Little Acorns…

FRIDAY FIRST LOOK: Marvel’s I Am Groot #1 – From Little Acorns…

Marvel Comics has just released preview pages for their new title I Am Groot, starring everyone’s favorite sentient tree with the big heart and limited vocabulary, Groot of the Guardians of the Galaxy! Christopher Hastings, best known from “The Unbelievable Gwenpool” takes on the writing chores, while “Power Man and Iron Fist” penciler Flaviano is on art duties. The series looks to be yet another attempt by Marvel Comics for some corporate synergy with Marvel…

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Can Fandom Go Too Far? Nick Spencer, Secret Empire and Outrage

Can Fandom Go Too Far? Nick Spencer, Secret Empire and Outrage

As I write this, Marvel is a little under a week away from releasing Secret Empire #1, their big summer event series for 2017. The storyline for this event revolves around what may be the most controversial story Marvel has published in years; the revelation from last year that Steve Rogers, Captain America, is in actuality an agent of HYDRA, and he always has been. Secret Empire follows Rogers after he steps out of the…

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REVIEW: Batman/The Shadow #1: Who Knows What Evil Lurks in the Heart of Men?

REVIEW: Batman/The Shadow #1: Who Knows What Evil Lurks in the Heart of Men?

Batman/The Shadow #1 may not be the first time that the Dark Knight has met his more direct literary antecedent, but it may be the flashiest and most high-profile team-up of the two legendary characters, boasting a script by two of DC’s top writers Scott Snyder and Steve Orlando, and evocative art by Riley Rossmo. The opening issue certainly proves that the creative team knows what has made these two properties so resonant with fans…

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REVIEW: Curse Words #4 – False Beards and French Cops

REVIEW: Curse Words #4 – False Beards and French Cops

Curse Words #4 continues to prove that writer Charles Soule and artist Ryan Browne have one of the most consistently funny and irreverent titles on the stands right now, but this latest issue doesn’t just rest on its laurels. Soule and Browne use the issue to offer up some pretty fascinating developments in both plot and character, making this one of the most enjoyable and well-constructed issues since the stellar debut. As Wizord finds himself…

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REVIEW: Batman #21 – Pushing All The Right Buttons?

REVIEW: Batman #21 – Pushing All The Right Buttons?

Batman #21 is hampered by the fact that there are certain perfect and indelible works of art that should never be touched or embellished upon. The issue is the opening chapter of an arc entitled “The Button” and it seems to be some kind of attempt to integrate landmark self-contained comic series “Watchmen” into the DC Universe proper. And though writer Tom King and artist Jason Fabok have crafted a fairly entertaining, well-structured and finely…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Archie #19 – A Guy, A Girl, and a Jughead

ADVANCE REVIEW: Archie #19 – A Guy, A Girl, and a Jughead

Archie #19 is in many ways, your typical Archie story, but it’s typical in both the way it follows a pattern of the franchise since it began long ago and typical in the way the publisher’s revised approach to Archie and his pals has created some of the most satisfying YA comics around. In this way, Archie #19 is the best of both worlds, both funny and light-hearted even as it manages to be insightful…

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Philadelphia Organization Uses Comics to Help Immigrant Kids Face Their Fears

Philadelphia Organization Uses Comics to Help Immigrant Kids Face Their Fears

In today’s climate, children in immigrant families, documented or otherwise, are facing increased fears that someone in their family may be detained or deported. It’s a stressful and scary thing for these kids to face. But never fear! One Philadelphia organization is using a unique tool to help these children deal with their fears; comic books. According to a recent story on NewsWorks, the online presence of WHHY, the local group Mighty Writers is helping Philadelphia Latino…

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Image Releases New SPAWN Variants for May Covers

Image Releases New SPAWN Variants for May Covers

In honor of the ongoing 25th Anniversary celebration, Image Comics is honoring its past on its books of the future with a series of Spawn variants. Every Image title released next month will have an alternative cover featuring the character upon which Image built its early “extreme” reputation and has arguably become its most iconic brand. Long before The Walking Dead, Saga, and Sex Criminals, Spawn dominated sales charts in a way which had executives at…

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Image Sets June Release Date for ROCKSTARS Trade

Image Sets June Release Date for ROCKSTARS Trade

Joe Harris and Megan Hutchison‘s Rockstars is set to depart from spinner racks and enter the bookshelf world. Image Comics announced today that the first collection of the series, entitled “Nativity In Blacklight” will arrive in comic book shops on June 14th, followed by a wider bookstore release the following week. Rockstars performed relatively well in the comic market, despite mixed critical reception. Review aggregator ComicBookRoundup has the series at a 7.4 overall aggregate score….

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Alterna’s Newsprint Line Sells Out Prior to Release

Alterna’s Newsprint Line Sells Out Prior to Release

In a bold (if somewhat odd) experiment, Alterna Comics is attempting to “bring back newsprint.” The oddest thing of all is that it seems to be working. The up-and-coming publisher announced today that the first line-up of books which feature a throwback print utilizing old-fashioned newsprint have sold out at a distributor level. The new series, which include Amazing Age, Adam Wreck, Croak, and Lilith Dark, all exhausted their print stock on the first round…

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