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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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: 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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REVIEW: All-Star Batman #6 – Those Who Favor Fire

REVIEW: All-Star Batman #6 – Those Who Favor Fire

All-Star Batman #6 kind of exemplifies the unique approach writer Scott Snyder is taking to this unconventional Batman series. With one arc already under his belt (a hellish road-trip with collaborator John Romita Jr), Snyder takes an entirely different tack with this issue, a new arc with Jock leading the art team. It confirms the jazzy, experimental and unconventional approach Snyder wants this series, ostensibly his last kick at the Bat-can, to have. And like…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Reanimator TPB: Breathing Life Into Herbert West

ADVANCE REVIEW: Reanimator TPB: Breathing Life Into Herbert West

Dynamite’s Reanimator trade paperback exemplifies the peculiar challenge to those who attempt to adapt the writings of HP Lovecraft into other media and for modern audiences. He’s the godfather of “Weird Fiction”, a pulp writer whose singular and disturbing visions of elder gods from beyond space and time and the hapless humans who learn of them have influenced countless horror, science fiction and fantasy creators in the nearly 100 years since he was originally published….

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The Army of Darkness runs the Furious Road

The Army of Darkness runs the Furious Road

Cult icon Ashley “Ash” Williams from the Evil Dead series is set for a return in comic book form in Army of Darkness: Furious Road. The story will see Ash in a world destroyed by The Deadites and the Army of Darkness, where our noble hero finds strange bedfellows in his attempt to save humanity. Unfortunately it seems we will have to keep waiting for a Mad Max and Evil Dead crossover, but as the covers shows, the creators have…

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PREVIEW: The Hangman #1 by Dark Circle Comics

PREVIEW: The Hangman #1 by Dark Circle Comics

This week sees the debut of Frank Tieri and Felix Ruiz‘s The Hangman, from Dark Circle Comics. The series promises an ongoing tale of horror, violence and supernatural elements about a supposed urban legend stalking after criminals. The Hangman #1 hits shelves on November 4th. FROM THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:  They say the Hangman is nothing more than an urban legend. A spook story told to scare criminals straight. But those who encounter him—like hitman “Mad Dog”…

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REVIEW: THE BLACK HOOD #6 Lets New Readers Jump Into the Deep Waters

REVIEW: THE BLACK HOOD #6 Lets New Readers Jump Into the Deep Waters

I have always been fascinated with the issues which fall between story arcs. They are a way to slow down the tempo for a little while, and to give new readers a chance to catch up. They rarely offer anything beyond backstory for the character, or the world they live in, but they still need to make it worthwhile for both new and old readers to give these sorts of issues a chance. These issues have two…

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PREVIEW: The Black Hood #6 by Dark Circle Comics

PREVIEW: The Black Hood #6 by Dark Circle Comics

This week sees the return of The Black Hood from Dark Circle Comics. In this 6th issue, disfigured cop Greg Hettinger tries his best to protect a woman from a Mexican cartel. This is a one-shot issue following Greg’s time in a rebab clinic after the events of “Bullet’s Kiss”, so it is a perfect chance for new readers to check out this series. Have a look below at an advance preview of the events in this…

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PREVIEWS: First look at THE VALIANT #3

PREVIEWS: First look at THE VALIANT #3

The world is getting closer to a dark age, so can Eternal Warrior succeed in taking down the Immortal Enemy before it happens? Take a look at Valiant Comics five-page preview of THE VALIANT #3.     (FROM THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE) As the world teeters on the brink of a new Dark Age, superstar creators Jeff Lemire (Green Arrow, Animal Man), Matt Kindt (RAI, Mind MGMT), and Paolo Rivera (Daredevil) recruit each of Valiant’s most formidable…

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