REVIEW: Gasolina #1 – The Darkness Inside Comes Bursting Out

REVIEW: Gasolina #1 – The Darkness Inside Comes Bursting Out

One of the great pleasures of reviewing the first issue of an Image Comic is that feeling that you’re about to see a largely unfiltered vision. I find I’m more willing to take a chance on a #1 from Image than from pretty much any other publisher except for maybe Black Mask. I picked up Gasolina #1 with absolutely no idea what I was in for. And though this debut issue occasionally has a little…

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Barbarella Returns to Comics After 35 Years in New Series From Dynamite!

Barbarella Returns to Comics After 35 Years in New Series From Dynamite!

Just in time for the iconoclastic character’s 55th anniversary, Barbarella is retuning to comics. Dynamite Entertainment is bringing the classic heroine back to comics for her first series in 35 years, written by Mike Carey (“Lucifer,” “Hellblazer,” “X-Men”) with art by Kenan Yarar (“Hilal”). Created in 1962 by Jean Claude Forest, Barbarella was designed to represent a playful look at a modern woman at the cusp of the sexual revolution. Suffused with a sense of mischief, humor…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Wonder Woman ’77 Meets the Bionic Woman #6 – Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves

ADVANCE REVIEW: Wonder Woman ’77 Meets the Bionic Woman #6 – Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves

Wonder Woman ’77 Meets the Bionic Woman #6 displays the same charm, heart and earnest sense of fun that enlivened this miniseries from the beginning. There’s nothing easier than coasting on nostalgia, but writer Andy Mangels and artist Judit Tondora have only used the warm feeling generated by the respective source materials as their starting point. The main reason the issue, and the series as a whole, has worked so well is how well-structured and…

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The Adult Jean Grey Returns to the Marvel Universe in “Phoenix Resurrection”

The Adult Jean Grey Returns to the Marvel Universe in “Phoenix Resurrection”

It’s been 13 years since writer Grant Morrison killed off Jean Grey in the climax of his legendary run on “New X-Men,” and today Marvel Comics announced that the adult version of the character will return in Phoenix Resurrection, from writer Matthew Rosenberg (“4 Kids Walk Into A Bank,” “Secret Warriors”) and artist Leinil Yu (“Secret Empire,” “Superior”). The series will also see five yet-to-be-revealed superstar artists contributing their takes on Jean Grey as well. Phoenix…

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REVIEW: Mister Miracle #2 – Jello and Atrocities With Granny Goodness

REVIEW: Mister Miracle #2 – Jello and Atrocities With Granny Goodness

Writer Tom King and artist Mitch Gerads scored a major critical and popular hit with the debut issue of this mini-series, and so expectation for Mister Miracle #2 were understandably high. So, does the second issue live up to the debut? Good news, faithful readers, King and Gerads continue to deliver one of the best books of the year with Mister Miracle #2. Issue 1 concluded with a profoundly troubled and unsettled Scott Free returning…

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Interview With Meredith Finch on “Rose” and Female Representation in Comics

Interview With Meredith Finch on “Rose” and Female Representation in Comics

Meredith Finch began her career in comics by writing first “Little Mermaid” for Zenescape before a stint as the writer on “Wonder Woman” for DC Comics, on which she was paired with her husband, artist David Finch. In 2017, Finch teamed with Image Comics and artist Ig Guara for Rose, a fantasy series set within a mythical world where magic has been all but obliterated and the land is ruled by the despotic Queen Drucilla….

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Rose #6 – New Alliances and Fresh Sacrifices

ADVANCE REVIEW: Rose #6 – New Alliances and Fresh Sacrifices

Rose #6 represents a turning point for the series, as new alliances are formed between heroes while the forces of evil find themselves presented with fresh opportunities. Writer Meredith Finch and artist Ig Guara set the stage for the next act of Rose. It’s a bit of a low key end to the series’ first arc, which could have benefitted from a big action set piece, and it also feels a bit familiar in its…

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REVIEW: Marvel’s The Defenders – Season 1, Episodes 7 & 8

REVIEW: Marvel’s The Defenders – Season 1, Episodes 7 & 8

And so, Marvel’s The Defenders reaches its climax. We’re going to look at the final two episodes via a single review, being as they are basically one big episode that serves to tie up the loose ends of the miniseries. Or, rather, they should do that. Unfortunately, while there are some pleasures to the finale of The Defenders, ultimately this culmination of the first era of Marvel‘s Netflix shows is too uneven, and at its…

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REVIEW: Marvel’s The Defenders, Season 1, Episode 6: “Ashes Ashes”

REVIEW: Marvel’s The Defenders,  Season 1, Episode 6: “Ashes Ashes”

The sixth episode of Marvel’s The Defenders bounces back from its lacklustre previous episode by retuning its focus squarely on the dynamics of the titular team of loners and misfits at the center of the story. Splitting its attentions into a series of partnerships (Luke/Danny, Jessica/Matt, Alexandra/Elektra) “Ashes Ashes” fleshes out the interpersonal stories of the characters but never forgets to advance the plot into darker and more dangerous territories. The result is a satisfying…

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REVIEW: Marvel’s The Defenders, Season 1, Episode 5: “Take Shelter”

REVIEW: Marvel’s The Defenders,  Season 1, Episode 5: “Take Shelter”

The fifth episode of Marvel’s The Defenders tries gamely to recapture the high-energy action after the more restrained previous episode, but unfortunately winds up being an uneven affair that seesaws between solid action moments and lacklustre drama. It’s about time to finally admit that, for the most part, the Marvel/Netflix shows don’t really understand what makes the Hand interesting. They first popped up in the 1980s during Frank Miller’s time as an artist on “Daredevil”…

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