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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REVIEW: Batman #16 – Brotherly Love

REVIEW: Batman #16 – Brotherly Love

So far, writer Tom King‘s run on “Batman” has been a bit uneven. For every triumphant moment, for me there’s been some baffling ones as well. The “I Am Suicide” arc, for instance, left me cold as I felt it blew a fantastic set up by disappearing into introspection and a simplistic plot. Thankfully, Batman #16, the first part of the “I Am Bane” arc, has renewed my faith. King and artist David Finch deliver…

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REVIEW: Batman Annual #1 – Holy Holidays, Batman!!

REVIEW: Batman Annual #1 – Holy Holidays, Batman!!

Look, I’ll admit I’m a sucker for Xmas issues of super-hero comics. I can’t really explain why. Maybe it’s because I once owned a DC Digest book called “Christmas With the Super-Heroes.” In any case, I’m a sucker for them, rank sentimentality and all. With Batman Annual #1, we get an anthology of stories all centred around Xmas, and the results are remarkably cohesive and enjoyable. The first story, written by Tom King with David…

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REVIEW: Batman #3

REVIEW: Batman #3

Batman is one of the most iconic characters ever created. Some of the best comic book stories ever written revolves around Bruce Wayne and his alter ego, so it’s a nearly impossible task to write something long lasting. Something that stands out as memorable, creative, unique. Over the last couple of years, DC’s flagship title has been in the hands of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, who churned out some of the best stories of…

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DC Comics Shakeups for July 2014 Solicit

DC Comics Shakeups for July 2014 Solicit

July ushers in the finales of numerous storylines (Batman, Catwoman, Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps, Supergirl). Powerful new villains, such as the Doom Patrol and Superman, enter the New 52 and wreak havoc across several titles. Superman?!? Watch what happens when the Man of Steel succumbs to the Doomsday virus. There will be some new faces for DCU heroes, as well. While Oliver Queen’s world is being torn apart, we see a new person take…

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POINT OF ENTRY: Forever Evil, Forever Awesome!

For this week’s Point of Entry, I was asked by Josh Epstein to check out Forever Evil, because it was featured in Advance Scout. Did I throw up my hands and say, No way? Hell no! I was actually going to get this anyway. Fair warning: this is slightly spoilerish. But only slightly. I love bad guys, and I got plenty in this first issue. But the bad guys here aren’t exactly what you’re expecting….

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ADVANCE SCOUT

ADVANCE SCOUT

SITUATION: There is an awful lot starting in comics this week, so it’s a good thing that we had Labor Day to get ready. With all publishers combined, there are sixteen #1 issues hitting shelves, with the surprising wrinkle that very few of them are coming from either DC or Marvel. Both of the Big Two are beginning large-scale events which, despite the hyperbole of their solicitation text, bear watching closely. This week’s indie selections are…

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“Justice League of America #1” Hits All the Right Notes in Debut

“Justice League of America #1” Hits All the Right Notes in Debut

At long last, it’s finally here. After months of anticipation and much wailing and gnashing of teeth over the plethora of variant covers being offered, comic books fans arrived in shops today to purchase the much-heralded first issue of Justice League of America. This is very much an introductory issue, showing how Steve Trevor goes about assembling the team that will, if the need arises, bring down the heaviest hitters in the DCU. Very few…

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