BACK ISSUES: Essential Iron Fist

BACK ISSUES: Essential Iron Fist

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. Tomorrow, Marvel’s Iron Fist will be released via the studios’ partnership with streaming service Netflix. In honor of the latest Marvel hero to make his debut, today’s column is going to take a look back at over 4 decades of Iron Fist comic book tales and give you…

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Noob Review: Hawkeye Volume 2 (Oh yeah, bro. Yeah)

Noob Review: Hawkeye Volume 2 (Oh yeah, bro. Yeah)

The Russian “bros” in track suits are back! Oh yeah, and Clint Barton starring as Hawkeye. 😀 I never would have guess how much fun his life is when he’s not running around with the Avenger team. There is nothing ordinary about it as trouble seems to have a tracking chip embedded in his skin. Clint’s main problem? Girls. Currently his biggest problem is with Darlene Penelope Wright. A train wreck of a girl that…

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CON QUEST ECCC 2014: “Secret Origins with Matt Fraction” Panel

CON QUEST ECCC 2014: “Secret Origins with Matt Fraction” Panel

  First of all, Matt Fraction is one of the most genuine, relatable, and humble creators in the comics world today. Even as his work has blown up critically and commercially (deservingly so), he remains down-to-earth and focused on the fans first. The early panel at Emerald City Comicon’s “Secret Origins” was a discussion with just Matt and the audience. He declined a moderator to keep it more open for fans to weigh in. What…

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Noob Review: Hawkeye My Life As A Weapon—Sup Bro?

Guess who was pleasantly surprised by Hawkeye: My Life As a Weapon? That’s right. This girl here. This is my first delve into the Marvel NOW comics. Last year I went headfirst into the New 52 for DC, this time it’s Marvel’s turn! With DC, I at least knew who most of the characters were. I’ve been a Batman fan for a long time; you meet a lot of the DC characters in Batman stuff….

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ADVANCE SCOUT: Battling Bowmen, Time for Movement (5/1/13)

ADVANCE SCOUT: Battling Bowmen, Time for Movement (5/1/13)

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: With Free Comic Book Day…

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Best of 2012: Thom Obarski

Best of 2012: Thom Obarski

Best Writer: Every one of these authors have managed to capture, define or expand a character in ways I never thought imaginable. Story, theme and character are my primary focus when reading comics; and thanks to these writers heroes have never felt more human, villains as frightening, nor the common man more empowering. 1. Matt Fraction 2. Scott Snyder 3. Darwyn Cooke Best Artist: The backbone of comics is sequential art, thus I based my…

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Fraction on Hawkeye Sandy Issue

Fraction on Hawkeye Sandy Issue

Last week, Marvel Comics scribe Matt Fraction sat down with the folks at iFanboy and discussed the process of creating issue #7 of his hit title, Hawkeye. This issue has drawn a great deal of attention on the heels of Fraction’s announcement that he would be donating his entire payday from the issue to help fund relief efforts for those still hurting from the effects of the super-storm. When asked why he chose to make…

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“Hawkeye #6” Preview

“Hawkeye #6” Preview

This week, Marvel comics released a three-page preview for a late-December issue of Hawkeye. With David Aja returning for regular art duties, the preview depicts the hard-knock life of a human hero who contends in an arena of super-humans. Check it out, then make sure to pick this book up when you hit the comic shop this month! OFFICIAL SOLICITATION: “Marvel is pleased to present your first look at Hawkeye #6, continuing the all-new ongoing series from…

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“Hawkeye #1”

“Hawkeye #1”

With the success of the Avengers movie, it’s no surprise that they’re trying to launch another Hawkeye solo series.  Hawkeye is my favorite superhero, period. The creative team behind his new book is Matt Fraction and David Aja. The two of them, along with Ed Brubaker, had a run on Immortal Iron Fist that may well be my favorite run on a superhero title.  They also brought Matt Hollingsworth, the colorist from that series.  I had some reservations about…

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