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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Marvel Previews New MOON KNIGHT From Lemire & Smallwood

Marvel Previews New MOON KNIGHT From Lemire & Smallwood

After the solid run Moon Knight has had over the last two years under some solid creative teams, it seems as though Marvel Comics has settled on a winning formula. Pair an artist whose version resonates with a writer at the top of their game and let the two go to town. That approach is evident in today’s announcement that the character will be relaunching with a new #1 issue this April. The creative team…

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Indie Creators Dominate Manning Award Nominations

Indie Creators Dominate Manning Award Nominations

Breaking into comics is no easy task. There are hundreds of books released each month, and it’s difficult for even the most talented creators to set themselves apart. Each year at San Diego Comic-Con, the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award is given to the creator who does the best job of setting themselves apart from the pack. This year the award was largely dominated by independent creators. The nominees included creators from Archaia, Image, BOOM!, Oni,…

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REVIEW: “Dream Thief: Escape #1” Exceeds Expectations

REVIEW: “Dream Thief: Escape #1” Exceeds Expectations

Writer: Jai Nitz Artist: Greg Smallwood Publisher: Dark Horse Finally, Dream Thief: Escape is here for us all to devour. This issue starts off with a flashback to John Lincoln’s father in Florida. Of course, Jai Nitz had to make some ’80s pop culture references. It only adds to my belief that this could have easily been an episode of Miami Vice. I’m pretty sure if Miami Vice were an animated series, Greg Smallwood’s art…

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