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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After Wednesday

After Wednesday

Bonjour, crusaders! This week in comics had a few #1s, some returning favorites, and some underdogs that you may need to catch up with. As it is every week, I read through my large pull list and pick out comics, trade collections, reprints, OGN’s or webcomics that I like or think are of interest. So enough of the introductory gabbing, here are the comics: Cyborgs, a shadowy arms dealer, and the brink of world war….

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ADVANCE SCOUT: 5 Books to Look For This Wednesday (4/03/13)

ADVANCE SCOUT: 5 Books to Look For This Wednesday (4/03/13)

Each week, the Capeless Crew picks out those books that we think are most worthy of your dollars and attention. Without further ado, here are this week’s picks! “ACTION COMICS #19” Action Comics, DC’s flagship title, has been under a great deal of scrutiny in the last week. With the departure of writer Andy Diggle and subsequent tumult, it is yet unknown exactly how this title will shake out. This issue may well be the…

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“Godzilla: The Half-Century War #5”

“Godzilla: The Half-Century War #5”

Godzilla is a tough endeavor. Godzilla is to Japanese pop culture as Superman is to American pop culture—something that gets passed down and shared between generations as a story. So what is it, what makes Godzilla able to cross decades, and how does one make a story that can resonate with readers who have maybe watched one classic (rubber suit) or a horrible big budget American (CGI) interpretation? James Stokoe’s mini-series closes with this fifth…

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