ADVANCE REVIEW: The Greatest Adventure #1: A Ship Too Overloaded to Fly?

ADVANCE REVIEW: The Greatest Adventure #1: A Ship Too Overloaded to Fly?

You can’t fault Dynamite, writer Bill Willingham, or artist Cezar Razek for their boldness. The Greatest Adventure #1 centres around the ambitious idea of bringing together a host of classic characters created by prolific pulp writer Edgar Rice Burroughs and sending them off on an grand expedition against a seemingly implacable foe. It’s a big concept on a large, apocalyptic scale, to be sure. And while I give the team points for its pulpy ambitions,…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: The Spirit – The Corpse-Makers #2: The Plot Thickens

ADVANCE REVIEW: The Spirit – The Corpse-Makers #2: The Plot Thickens

Writer/Artist/Letterer Francesco Francavilla continues to deliver the goods with The Spirit – The Corpse-Makers #2, proving that Will Eisner‘s most famous creation packs his boldest punch when there’s a singular creative vision at the helm. The issue opens with what is probably Raymond Chandler’s definitive quote, “The streets were dark with something more than night…” and utilizing that quote and that writer should tell you the kind of Spirit story Francavilla is telling. After last…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: John Carter – The End #1 – Return to the Originator

ADVANCE REVIEW: John Carter – The End #1 – Return to the Originator

These days, for most people, John Carter is synonymous with one of the biggest box office flops of all time when Disney’s 2012 film adaptation was met with a critical drubbing and lost the studio so much money they fired the head of the studio. Dynamite’s John Carter – The End #1 seeks to redeem the legendary character’s reputation with a grim and stripped-down opening chapter that intrigues and engages by not trying to take…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: The Spirit – The Corpse-Makers #1 – Masked Noir

ADVANCE REVIEW: The Spirit – The Corpse-Makers #1 – Masked Noir

I’ve never been familiar with Will Eisner’s Spirit. This isn’t for lack of interest, but time and bandwidth. There’s so much to dive into and enjoy, and I’m just really not terribly conversant. I’ve read some trades here and there, sampled some of the Darwyn Cooke material. And I enjoyed all of it, but somehow never found enough time to grab hold of the back catalogue in a meaningful way.  But, if you’re interested in getting…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Wonder Woman ’77 Meets the Bionic Woman #2 – The Plot Thickens…Alot

ADVANCE REVIEW: Wonder Woman ’77 Meets the Bionic Woman #2 – The Plot Thickens…Alot

The first issue of this series was a fun and well-constructed action-packed exercise in both nostalgia and straight-ahead adventure. With Wonder Woman ’77 Meets the Bionic Woman #2, I was looking forward to more of the same. To some degree, writer Andy Mangels and artist Judit Tondora definitely deliver. But there are times in the issue when the plot revolves around elements and characters which casual or new audiences to these properties are given no…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Grand Passion #3: Talk About the Passion

ADVANCE REVIEW: Grand Passion #3: Talk About the Passion

Grand Passion #3 once again lives up to its title in how it takes the “Passion” part of itself seriously and honestly. Writer James Robinson and artist Tom Feister have constructed a story that wants to evoke the earnest and grand romance of star-crossed lovers destined to be together despite all obstacles, even as it doesn’t forget to retain the gritty and dark aspects of its crime-thriller setting. The result is an issue that is…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: James Bond – Hammerhead #4 – License to Thrill

ADVANCE REVIEW: James Bond – Hammerhead #4 – License to Thrill

The three previous issues of Dynamite’s 007 miniseries “Hammerhead” delivered sleek, stylish and lethal 007 action, and after the third issue ended with a killer cliffhanger, James Bond – Hammerhead #4 doesn’t disappoint at all. Writer Andy Diggle and artist Luca Casalanguida succeed in escalating the already high stakes of the story, while simultaneously adding twists and turns that serve the world’s greatest secret agent as well as he deserves. When we last left 007, he…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Grand Passion #2 – Love At First Gunsight

ADVANCE REVIEW: Grand Passion #2 – Love At First Gunsight

Writer James Robinson and artist Tom Feister continue their romantic crime series with Grand Passion #2, and like the previous issue the creative team has surprising success mixing a grandiose vision of love with a hard-boiled crime thriller. If anything, Robinson and Feister go even further in mashing the two aspects together, tinging the romance with a grittier and more explicit tone that keeps the star-crossed lovers side from adding too much honey to the gritty…

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REVIEW: James Bond – Hammerhead #3: Sleek, Cool and Lethal

REVIEW: James Bond – Hammerhead #3: Sleek, Cool and Lethal

After an initial 007 miniseries written by Warren Ellis that I didn’t like much at all, I’m pleased to say that this miniseries, written by Andy Diggle with art by Luca Casalanguida, absolutely nails the tone and thrills of Ian Fleming’s classic Bond novels, albeit updated for the 21st Century. James Bond – Hammerhead #3 is sleek, cool and lethal, all attributes any 007 adventure needs to have in spades. The result is an issue,…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Wonder Woman ’77 Meets the Bionic Woman – Awesomer Than the Male

ADVANCE REVIEW: Wonder Woman ’77 Meets the Bionic Woman – Awesomer Than the Male

Dynamite and DC Comics have teamed up to air together two icons of 1970s television in Wonder Woman ’77 Meets the Bionic Woman #1, and if this could be looked at as little more than an exercise in nostalgia, that view misses out just how much fun the issue is. Writer Andy Mangels and Judit Tondora have created a debut issue that nails the fun tone of these two properties at their best, even as…

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