ADVANCE REVIEW: The Sovereigns #1 – Jump On To A Universe Reimagined

ADVANCE REVIEW: The Sovereigns #1 – Jump On To A Universe Reimagined

It’s easy to forget that there have almost always been super heroic alternatives to the universes of DC and Marvel, whether that was the Golden Age Captain Marvel, the Charlton Heroes or Archie Comics’ stabs at the genre. One of the most fondly remembered, if perpetually struggling, examples were Gold Key Comics’ roster of suers-hero and adventure titles. Now, those properties are licensed to Dynamite Entertainment, and the publisher is currently making a big push…

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Image Comics Garners 20 Eisner Nominations for 2017

Image Comics Garners 20 Eisner Nominations for 2017

Last week, Comic-Con International announced the nominees for the 2017 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, and Image Comics boasts 20 nominations, proving once again that the publisher continues to be a showcase for powerful and acclaimed creator-driven works. The Eisner Awards are presented by Comic-Con International, San Diego. The organization is a non-profit devoted to increasing public awareness and appreciation of comics as an art form and entertainment medium, and every years presents the awards, which…

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REVIEW: Justice League #20 – The League Causes a Disastrous Effect

REVIEW: Justice League #20 – The League Causes a Disastrous Effect

Time paradox stories are, if well-constructed, fun in a puzzle-box kind of way. Bryan Hitch‘s Justice League #20 attempts to take on the fun and mind-bending aspects of this science-fiction staple, and though this opening instalment of the “Endless” arc does at time suffer from clunky story progression, ultimately the issue winds up being an intriguing stab at this kind story with a lot of promise. The issue revolves around the Flash experiencing apocalyptic temporal…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: James Bond: Hammerhead TPB – Sleek, Cool and Ruthless

ADVANCE REVIEW: James Bond: Hammerhead TPB – Sleek, Cool and Ruthless

A character as iconic as Ian Fleming’s Agent 007, James Bond, absolutely is worthy of being adapted to the comics book medium. There have been stabs over the years, some more successful as others, but Dynamite’s approach once they acquired the license to the property has produced some pretty intriguing successes, and none more so than James Bond: Hammerhead. This trade collects the six issue miniseries by writer Andy Diggle and artist Luca Casalanguida, and…

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Valiant Teams Up with Vans Warped Tour

Valiant Teams Up with Vans Warped Tour

Comics and music are set to collide at select locations of the long-running rock festival, Warped Tour. While the festival runs all summer in over 40 spots throughout the country, Valiant and their stable of creators are appearing on the following dates: June 16, 2017 Seattle, WA July 8, 2017 Wantagh, NY July 9, 2017 Hartford, CT August 5, 2017 San Diego, CA August 6, 2017 Pomona, CA In addition to giveaways, merchandise and a…

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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. It boasts a script by two of DC’s top writers in Scott Snyder and Steve Orlando, with evocative art by Riley Rossmo. The opening issue certainly proves that the creative team knows what has made these two properties so resonant with…

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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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