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Comic Reviews: Fairlady and Web of Venom: Cult of Carnage!

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fairlady-1_8a97f58344Fairlady #1 (Image Comics)

We’ve all seen the stories of a big war in a fantasy realm, but what happens when the war is over? That’s the main crux of Fairlady, a new fantasy series from Brian Schirmer and Claudia Balboni that plays a little like Lord Of the Rings, a little like Magnum P.I, and ends up being a whole lot of fun. Read the rest of this entry

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Comic Reviews: Assassin Nation and Buffy The Vampire Slayer!

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assassin-nation-1_979175ee27Assassin Nation #1 (Image Comics)

What happens when a bunch of the world’s top assassins are put into a room together? It might look something like Assassin Nation, the new Image title from Ryan Starks and Unbeatable Squirrel Girl artist Erica Henderson. Unlike that Marvel title though, Assassin is very much an M-rated title, and it’s all the better for it, as Henderson’s talents aren’t hindered in the slightest by removing the restrictions of Marvel. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Review: Guardians of the Galaxy and Hardcore!

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Guardians of the Galaxy #1 (Marvel Comics)

Despite becoming household names thanks to their mega-successful movies, The Guardians of the Galaxy still can’t quite make it as a comic series. The Brian Michael Bendis run petered out after a few years, and the relaunch with Gerry Duggan and Aaron Kuder served as more of a tie-in to the Infinity Wars event than it’s own series. So what’s Marvel to do? Create a new team of Guardians with the creatives behind the mega-hit Thanos run, Donny Cates and artist Geoff Shaw. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Conan The Barbarian and The Walking Dead!

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728711._SX360_QL80_TTD_Conan the Barbarian #1 (Marvel Comics)

Like Star Wars before him, the mighty Conan has made his return to Marvel Comics from Dark Horse. And also like Star Wars, he’s got Jason Aaron writing his new adventures. But that’s where the similarities end, because make no mistake, Conan The Barbarian, featuring art by Mahmud Asrar, is a truly brutal book, and marks a triumphant return to the publisher that made him famous in comics. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Aquaman and Hardcore!

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AQM_43_300-001_HD_5c05ca09a87f84.45026149Aquaman #43 (DC Comics)

Aquaman’s got a big budget movie coming out this week, which means that DC is hoping to have some fabled “new readers” coming into their local comic shops after their trip to the multiplex. To meet that, DC has a new creative team and a new direction on Aquaman, with famed writer Kelly Sue DeConnick and artist Robson Rocha drawing the panels. While this new start is a bit of a drastic change for someone like me who’s read Aquaman since the New 52 relaunch, there’s enough here to keep me reading to see how it all shakes out. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: American Carnage and Middlewest!

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STL099783.jpgAmerican Carnage #1 (Vertigo Comics)

Comics are able to hold a mirror up to our world like no other medium, and no comic holds up a mirror quite like American Carnage, the new series from Vertigo. Written by Bryan Hill and drawn by Leandro Fernandez, American Carnage details a disgraced FBI agent’s attempt to infiltrate a white supremacist group, but what how far can he go without losing his soul? Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Wonder Woman and Murder Falcon!

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WW_58_300-001_HD_5bd764da99d3a0.30436253Wonder Woman #58 (DC Comics)

Despite having a film that was a massive success critically and financially, Wonder Woman’s adventures on the comic page have taken a bit of a hit lately. After a great relaunch from Greg Rucka and artists Nicola Scott and Liam Sharpe, Wonder Woman took a bit of a nosedive when other creative teams took over. Luckily for us though, Ms Marvel writer G Willow Wilson has arrived with artist Cary Nord to take the Amazonian Wonder into a new adventure, and so far Wonder Woman #58 looks to be just the thing Wonder Woman needed. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Murder Falcon and The Immortal Hulk!

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MurderFalcon_01-1Murder Falcon #1 (Image Comics)

After Extremity, I made the decision to follow writer/artist Daniel Warren Johnson on any book he decided to work on. While I was definitely expecting something crazy for his next project, in no way was I prepared for Murder Falcon. A raucous love letter to all things Metal and Rock, Murder Falcon #1 is a jolt of intensity on every panel, and it’s one of the best debut issues of the year. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Superior Octopus and Dead Rabbit!

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Superior_Octopus_Vol_1_1Superior Octopus #1 (Marvel Comics)

It’s hard to think of a character that’s had more changes in the past decade than Otto Octavius. He’s gone from a dying husk, to taking over Spider-Man’s body, to having his consciousness put into a robot body, and is now in a NEW cloned body of Peter Parker with a new name and mission. While it’s enough to make a newcomer’s head spin, if you’ve been following Otto’s story like I have, it’s turned him into a character that’s far more nuanced than just being a Spider-Man villain, and he’s ripe for an ongoing series to flesh out his character. While Christos Gage and Mike Hawthorne’s Superior Octopus isn’t the start of a new ongoing yet (Superior Spider-Man, from the same creative team, won’t start for a few months), it does give us a neat look into the character’s current goings on, and how he’ll play into the Spider-Geddon event later on. Read the rest of this entry

The State of The “Big Three” In 2018

stacks-of-comic-booksIt’s been awhile since we’ve looked at the three big publishers in comics, but every now and again it’s good to take stock at what Marvel, DC, and Image are putting out onto the shelves and play the “who’s doing it better?” game. Unlike years past, though, there’s actually no real clear winner when it comes to these publishers, as all of them, while having their faults, are putting out some really awesome material as of late. So lets look at the pros and cons of each publisher, and try to come up with some sort of consensus here. Read the rest of this entry