REVIEW: Aquaman #23 – Undersea Unrest

REVIEW: Aquaman #23 – Undersea Unrest

A new story arc kicks off with Aquaman #23, and like many other comics in this day and age, it draws considerable inspiration from the fractious and divisive times in which we find ourselves. But whereas many comics that try to tackle current events and themes often do so in an obvious or simplified way, the creative team here manages to present a more nuanced and balanced conflict, kicking off an intriguing arc devoted to…

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REVIEW: The Kamandi Challenge #1 – A Bold Challenge Worthy of the King

REVIEW: The Kamandi Challenge #1 – A Bold Challenge Worthy of the King

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jack Kirby, legendary comics creator and a figure so influential he is known by comic book fans and professionals the world over as the King. To honor him, DC Comics has commenced a bold experiment in storytelling centred around one of Kirby’s most fondly remembered, and weirdest, creations for the publisher. The Kaman Challenge #1 is the opening issue in a series revolving around Kamandi, last…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Predator: Life and Death #1 – Visually pleasing nostalgia

ADVANCE REVIEW: Predator: Life and Death #1 – Visually pleasing nostalgia

There are a select number of action franchises that since their initial inception have withstood the test of time. Rambo, Die Hard, and more have gone through decades of social change, yet its legacy as pure adrenaline fuelled entertainment lives on. One of these franchises is Predator. Its famed 1987 debut starred Arnold Schwarzenegger in the fight of his life against an unknown foe in the Central American jungle, and grossed nearly 100 million dollars on a modest 15 million dollar budget. Since then,…

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Cosmic Tales: An Interview with Dan Abnett

Cosmic Tales: An Interview with Dan Abnett

Dan Abnett is a New York Times best-selling author who’s worked in the comics industry for over 20 years. He has contributed to the legacies of some of the biggest characters in comics, and most notably rebooted Guardians of the Galaxy in 2008 alongside frequent collaborator Andy Lanning, a run that laid the groundwork for 2014’s blockbuster by the same name. He has written several novels for the Warhammer 40k universe, Tomb Raider, Doctor Who, as well…

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WILD’S END to Return For Volume 2

WILD’S END to Return For Volume 2

Today Los Angeles-based independent comic book publisher Boom Studios announced that Wild’s End, the anthropomorphic science fiction/thriller series from Dan Abnett and I.N.J. Culbard would be returning for a second installment in September. The initial series debuted to critical acclaim over it’s four-issue run, leading to an expanded six-issue miniseries from the same creative team. Speaking about the reasons behind the move, Boom Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon said ” I think Dan and Ian surprised a lot…

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Jeff Lemire Adds Flair to “Wild’s End #2”

Jeff Lemire Adds Flair to “Wild’s End #2”

Jeff Lemire loves his weird creatures. Wild’s End is a daring new title from superstar creator Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy, Legion of Super-Heroes) which features anthropomorphized British animals attempting to solve the riddle of a mysterious meteor crash and their missing foxy friend. Fans are already buzzing about the title after its debut, and publisher BOOM! Studios is looking to dial it up even further (not that these turn-of-the-century critters would understand that…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: “Dark Ages #1” Bleak Prospects, Dark Times

ADVANCE REVIEW: “Dark Ages #1” Bleak Prospects, Dark Times

Written by: Dan Abnett Art by: I.N.J. Culbard Published by: Dark Horse Comics $3.99 The last time writer Dan Abnett and artist I.N.J. Culbard worked together they produced the incredible The New Deadwardians. That series is one of the most impressive creator-owned mini-series ever produced and it won the critical praise it deserved. This set the bar pretty high for the latest collaboration between Abnett and Culbard which arrives this week in the form of…

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Point of Entry: Heroes For Hire: Fear Itself—Not Noob Friendly

Point of Entry: Heroes For Hire: Fear Itself—Not Noob Friendly

Heroes For Hire is a crash course in Marvel heroes for noobs. The only heroes I recognized were Spider-Man and Elektra (and I only know her from the Daredevil movie). There were some cool people I got to learn about like Paladin and Satana, but, for the most part, I just got brief glimpses of what peoples’ names were and (sort of) their powers and abilities. The main theme to Heroes For Hire was interesting….

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ADVANCE SCOUT: Special Blend

ADVANCE SCOUT: Special Blend

WHAT IS ADVANCE SCOUT? Each week, the Capeless Crew picks out those books that we think are most worthy of your dollars and attention. These books are chosen based on a variety of qualities, including relevance to real-world issues of the day, their sheer excellence as examples of the medium and often with an eye towards the importance of a given book within the context of the comics industry. SITUATION: This week’s “Special Blend” includes…

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ADVANCE SCOUT: Pulpy Pals and Leading Ladies

ADVANCE SCOUT: Pulpy Pals and Leading Ladies

WHAT IS ADVANCE SCOUT? Each week, the Capeless Crew picks out those books that we think are most worthy of your dollars and attention. These books are chosen based on a variety of qualities, including relevance to real-world issues of the day, their sheer excellence as examples of the medium, and often with an eye towards the importance of a given book within the context of the comics industry. SITUATION: It’s the week after Comic-Con,…

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