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: 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: 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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ADVANCE REVIEW: Grand Passion #1 – Bloody True Romance

ADVANCE REVIEW: Grand Passion #1 – Bloody True Romance

It’s been a long time coming for Grand Passion #1. The series, written by Eisner-winner James Robinson with art from Tom Feister, was first announced back in 2013. Now Dynamite is about to finally release the first issue of the series, a mixture of hard-boiled crime, Robinson’s distinctive prose style, and unabashed romance. the question is, does this mixture come together into a heady brew, or a murky mess? The answer is that it’s far…

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James Robinson and Tom Feister’s “Grand Passion” Gets Release Date

James Robinson and Tom Feister’s “Grand Passion” Gets Release Date

Back in 2013, Dynamite Entertainment announced that they were teaming up with writer James Robinson and artist Tom Feister for a series called Grand Passion. Now, Dynamite has announced that the first issue of the series, which features covers by John Cassaday, will be released November 16th. Grand Passion tells the story of Doc and Mabel, who fall in love at first sight. The only problem is that one is a cop and one is…

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REVIEW: AIRBOY #1 Brings the Color You Didn’t Know You Wanted

REVIEW: AIRBOY #1 Brings the Color You Didn’t Know You Wanted

Color is the first thing which came to my mind as I began reading through the first issue of Airboy.  Every scene has it’s own unique set of colors. Each one picked to convey a different mood. Sometimes the colors are oppressive, sometimes cloudy, and some times down right gross. Every tint used in the books spectrum is picked for a reason, it can be head ache inducing but it’s only the beginning of a fun…

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Cape Watch: The Fantastic Four and Flash Try to Recover, Superman’s Origins are Revealed, and Daredevil is Homesick

Cape Watch: The Fantastic Four and Flash Try to Recover, Superman’s Origins are Revealed, and Daredevil is Homesick

Welcome to Cape Watch, where we explore the most interesting and/or biggest releases of the week from the Big Two publishers. Without further ado, here’s what to look forward to from DC and Marvel for he week of April 23, 2014.   DC Comics ________________________________________ “Aquaman #30” Written by Jeff Parker with art by by Paul Pelletier, “Aquaman #30” features the return of a once-ally of Atlantis, who, after suffering a betrayal, is back for…

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“Fantastic Four #1” Review: Another Reboot for First Family of Marvel

“Fantastic Four #1” Review: Another Reboot for First Family of Marvel

Reviewers Note: Due to the amount of super-hero titles coming out every week, we here at Capeless tend to stick to indie reviews on new and upcoming books. However, an important #1 release and a penchant for all things Fantastic helped contribute to a comprehensive look at one of Marvel’s most important series. Anyone with a slight interest in Marvel comic books has probably delved into a run of Fantastic Four sometime during their fandom….

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Marvel Officially Announces New Fantastic Four Creative Team

[FROM THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE] Superstars James Robinson & Leonard Kirk Join Forces for “The All-New Fantastic Four #1”! New York, NY—November 12, 2013—All-New Marvel NOW! marks a brand new start for Marvel’s First Family – from the award winning creative team of James Robinson and Leonard Kirk! And they’ll take them to places you’ve never seen before in the all-new “Fantastic Four #1” – on sale this February! The Fantastic Four’s lives are full of…

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Marvel Annouces Marvel NOW! Phase II

Today Marvel released solicitations for the first books in a second wave of Marvel NOW!-branded titles. They will be relaunching/renumbering Jonathan Hickman & Jerome Opena’s Avengers in December with the first issue bearing both #24.NOW (from the previous numbering) and #1, the “All-New Marvel NOW!” numbering. This is sure to draw some criticism from the market as the issue picks up after the events of Infinity, making this less of a relaunch and more of a…

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