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: Conan the Slayer #3

ADVANCE REVIEW: Conan the Slayer #3

As a sub-set of the fantasy genre, Sword and Sorcery has a flavour all its own. Unlike the high-fantasy of Tolkien, for instance, Sword and Sorcery is earthier, less elegant, more influenced by pulpy horror and overt sexuality than stories about folksy hobbits and courtly elves. Robert E Howard, creator of Conan, was perhaps the greatest progenitor of Sword and Sorcery, and the team behind Conan the Slayer #3 are definitely following in his footsteps. The issue…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Battlestar Galactica #2 – Dark, Evocative and Slightly Baffling

ADVANCE REVIEW: Battlestar Galactica #2 – Dark, Evocative and Slightly Baffling

Battlestar Galactica #2 raises the spectre of the merits of reviewing modern comic books one issue at a time. Back in the days when multi-issue arcs were far less common, you could take a single issue as a single story, and evaluate it as a complete narrative. But in these days of trade paperbacks and simmering plot lines, reviewing a single chapter or act of a story becomes more difficult. This issue is a good…

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REVIEW: Battlestar Galactica #1 – A Classic Returns, By Your Command

REVIEW: Battlestar Galactica #1 – A Classic Returns, By Your Command

In 1978, following the incredible success of “Star Wars”, ABC debuted their stab at space opera, Battlestar Galactica. Though the series was initially successful, it also was mind-bogglingly expensive, and probably too derivative of “Star Wars” to differentiate itself. But over time, it has built a following, serving as the inspiration for a critically acclaimed reimagining that outshone its source material. Now, things have come full circle, as writer Cullen Bunn and penciler Alex Sanchez…

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REVIEW: Micronauts #1 and #2 – Everything Old is New Again

REVIEW: Micronauts #1 and #2 – Everything Old is New Again

Almost a decade before Transformers hit store shelves, there existed a Japanese toy line called Microman. This series of small, robotic toys were meant to be actual size for the Micro beings that came from Micro Earth. They had interchangeable parts and some were clear, so you could see their inner cybernetic parts. It was a popular enough toy line, eventually getting a comic series published by Marvel. The comic outlived the toy series, going…

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Planet Comicon 2016 is in the Books

Planet Comicon 2016 is in the Books

Planet Comicon 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri has wrapped and we have all started to go back to our daily lives.  Thousands trekked to Kansas City to enjoy the event.  Planet Comicon has been around for many years, so I knew that the place would be packed full of people that share a passion for the community. I had the pleasure of taking one of my best friends from, Faye Kelts, to her first big…

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The Empty Man Optioned By Fox

The Empty Man Optioned By Fox

20th Century Fox is adding another comic book film adaptation to their list of projects in the form of BOOM! Studios limited-run horror series, The Empty Man. According to Deadline, Fox has optioned the 2014 six-issue series of The Empty Man, written by Eisner Award-winner Cullen Bunn and illustrated by Vanesa R. Del Rey, for a feature film adaption. Up and coming director David Prior, who is most well-known for an array of DVD documentary work for major films, including David Fincher’s Zodiac, The…

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Marvel Announces Deadpool And The Mercs For Money

Marvel Announces Deadpool And The Mercs For Money

According to IGN, Marvel Comics has announced Deadpool and the Mercs for Money, a new five part miniseries from writer Cullen Bunn and artist Salva Espin that will have Deadpool team up with some of the Marvel Universe’s most deadliest killers. “Deadpool and the Mercs for Money is The Dirty Dozen and The Expendables if Deadpool was in charge instead of Lee Marvin or Sylvester Stallone,” said Bunn. “It’s Saving Private Ryan if, instead of rescuing a soldier, they were trying…

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Dark Horse’s HARROW COUNTY Sells Out, Goes Back to Press

Dark Horse’s HARROW COUNTY Sells Out, Goes Back to Press

Dark Horse Comics used to living up to its name when it comes to launching unusual independent comic book properties, and Harrow County is proving to be just the latest example. The Milwaukie, Oregon-based independent comic book publisher announced today tha the first isue of Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook‘s new series, Harrow County had sold out at the distributor level and would be returning to press for a second printing. While final sales numbers…

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ONI Partners with with Pinnacle for SIXTH GUN RPG

ONI Partners with with Pinnacle for SIXTH GUN RPG

In the world of geekdom, there’s a lot of crossover between the comic book crowd and the gaming crowd. It looks like that’s something ONI Press is banking on with their latest move on Sixth Gun. Today, the Portland-based independent comic book publisher announced that they would be partnering with tabletop gaming company Pinnacle Games to develop and release a role-playing game based on the hit comic book series from writer Cullen Bunn. In order…

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