Ready For Their Close-Ups: 3 Super-Universes Ready For Your Screens

Ready For Their Close-Ups: 3 Super-Universes Ready For Your Screens

At this point, despite the occasional think pieces to the contrary, the continued successes of super-hero films and TV series indicate that stories of heroes vs. villains won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. But the bulk of the properties have largely been drawn from either Marvel or DC Comics. Though we’ve seen comic book properties successfully adapted from non-superhero sources recently (“The Walking Dead” and “Preacher” being among the most prominent), when it comes to…

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Image Comics Garners 20 Eisner Nominations for 2017

Image Comics Garners 20 Eisner Nominations for 2017

Last week, Comic-Con International announced the nominees for the 2017 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, and Image Comics boasts 20 nominations, proving once again that the publisher continues to be a showcase for powerful and acclaimed creator-driven works. The Eisner Awards are presented by Comic-Con International, San Diego. The organization is a non-profit devoted to increasing public awareness and appreciation of comics as an art form and entertainment medium, and every years presents the awards, which…

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BACK ISSUES: Big Space Weirdos – Marvel’s Elders of the Universe

BACK ISSUES: Big Space Weirdos – Marvel’s Elders of the Universe

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. This week sees the opening of the latest film from Marvel Studios, James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the second instalment in the adventures of Marvel’s space-faring band of rascally reprobates. The first film represented Marvel taking a giant step into the cultish and more than…

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REVIEW: Bloodshot U.S.A. #2 – Kicking It Up A Notch

REVIEW: Bloodshot U.S.A. #2 – Kicking It Up A Notch

I’ll admit it, I really don’t know much of anything about Bloodshot or his backstory. And part of what makes Bloodshot U.S.A. #2 work so well is that I was able to get all the fun out of the issue and follow every plot point with only the issue’s recap page to work from. When you can anchor and effectively set up an entire line-wide crossover with just a recap page, and still have the story…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Bloodshot U.S.A. #1 – A Valiant Event Gets an Action-Packed Intro

ADVANCE REVIEW: Bloodshot U.S.A. #1 – A Valiant Event Gets an Action-Packed Intro

Valiant has really got to be congratulated with how quickly and effectively they’ve built their super-hero universe into a compelling alternative to DC and Marvel. By recruiting top talent to help flesh out and construct their universe’s mythos for a new generation, they’ve wound up with some great books, reinvigorated characters and an effective universe around which to construct big events. Bloodshot U.S.A. #1 is a great example of all the things that have made…

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Jeff Lemire & Gord Downie Team to Tell Tragic Tale of Chanie Wenjack

Jeff Lemire & Gord Downie Team to Tell Tragic Tale of Chanie Wenjack

On a freezing night in 1966, a 12 year-old Ojibway boy named Chanie Wenjack ran away from Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School in Kenora, Ontario. He died from hunger and exposure trying to walk the 400 miles back to his father. Now Gord Downie, frontman for beloved Canadian band The Tragically Hip, is releasing a solo album, animated film and a graphic novel produced in partnership with comics star Jeff Lemire to tell Wenjack’s story…

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PREVIEWS: First Look at BLOODSHOT USA #1 From Valiant

PREVIEWS: First Look at BLOODSHOT USA #1 From Valiant

Bloodshot is probably Valiant Comics’ second-most recognizable brand after X-O Manowar. The main series has consistently been among Valiant’s top-sellers, and has served as a launching point for some of the company’s better line-wide stories since its 2012 relaunch. Now Valiant is pushing forth with a new Bloodshot mini-series from writer Jeff Lemire and artist Doug Braithwaite. The project, entitled Bloodshot U.S.A., runs with a popular theme in the current pop-cultural zeitgeist, specifically that of…

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Review: Black Hammer – Heroes After the Aftermath

Review: Black Hammer – Heroes After the Aftermath

Dark Horse Comics has a history of publishing interesting and weird super-hero teams. The End League saw a world in which villains had won, The Umbrella Academy brought us a team that was as dysfunctional as any team could be, and now Black Hammer presents a group of super powered beings who are no longer content with the sacrifice they made ten years prior. Writer Jeff Lemire has imagined a team that has a few very…

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PREVIEW: BLOODSHOT REBORN Annual #1 From Valiant

PREVIEW: BLOODSHOT REBORN Annual #1 From Valiant

  After an incredibly successful year for their flagship character, Bloodshot, independent comic book publisher Valiant Comics has released a preview for the upcoming Bloodshot Reborn Annual from writers Jeff Lemire and Ray Fawkes with art by Michael Fiffe and Benjamin Marra. The first annual since the character’s relaunch will be available in comic shops on March 24th. Will you be picking up the Bloodshot Reborn Annual? Let us know in the comments!   [FROM…

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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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