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Comic Reviews: High Level and Amazing Nightcrawler!

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HLVL_01_300-001_HD_5c59ce461e41b0.82110085High Level #1 (Vertigo Comics)

What would the world look like a hundred years after an apocalyptic event? That’s the main driving force behind High Level, a new Vertigo series from Rob Sheridan (the artistic director behind Nine Inch Nails’ awesome live shows) and artists Barnaby Bagenda and Romulo Farjardo. While High Level certainly looks like a lot of the post-apocalyptic fiction we’ve seen in recent years, there’s also a strong underlying theme througt the first issue that hints at some larger things to come from the series. Read the rest of this entry

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Comic Reviews: Books of Magic and Old Lady Harley!

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Books of Magic #1 (Vertigo)

Vertigo’s relaunch continues on with Books of Magic. The continuation of Neil Gaiman’s “Harry Potter before there was Harry Potter” story, the new Books of Magic finds Timothy Hunter still trying to figure out the magical abilities he’s destined to have, and also deal with the death of his mother. It’s an intriguing start to be sure, but Kat Howard and Tom Fowler’s opening issue relies on a lot of background knowledge about the original Books of Magic to make it really enjoyable for new readers. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Asgardians of The Galaxy and Bordertown!

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Asgardians_of_the_GalaxyAsgardians of the Galaxy #1 (Marvel Comics)

It’s a little strange that Marvel is putting out a title called Asgardians of the Galaxy after the release of Thor: Ragnarok, seeing as how the internet gave that nickname to the third Thor film. But here we are, with a new series that’s….supposed to replace Guardians of the Galaxy? Serve as a tie-in to Thor? I’m not entirely sure, but the opening issue from Cullen Bunn and artist Matteo Lolli is pretty fun, if a weird addition to Marvel’s publishing slate. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Extermination and Pearl!

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It’s been a while since we’ve had an X-Men event, but all that is changing now with Extermination. Serving as the catalyst for the next big refresh of Marvel’s Mutants, Extermination, from Ed Brisson and Pepe Larraz, is chock full of what makes the X-Men, well, the X-Men. No, not mutants fighting one another (although that’s certainly here in this opening issue), time travel! Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Fantastic Four and Sandman Universe!

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687096._SX360_QL80_TTD_Fantastic Four #1 (Marvel Comics)

It’s been a dark time for Fantastic Four fans. The past few years have seen the team removed from the Marvel publishing slate, and whether that was due to declining sales, a way to build up anticipation for their inevitable return, or because the head publisher didn’t want to be promoting a property that Marvel didn’t have the film rights to, their absence has been felt. But luckily with the team returning with Dan Slott and Sara Pichelli’s Fantastic Four #1, the team is brought back to their glory days, and are ready to take back their title as “Marvel’s First Family”. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Extremity and Savage Things!

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extremity_01-1Extremity #1 (Image Comics)

Image Comics have prided themselves on being the go to place for comic creators, and while it’s created a glut of new titles that sometimes feel very similar, there are still lots of books that feature some pretty awesome surprises. One of those surprises is definitely Daniel Warren Johnson’s Extremity, a book that takes a lot of similar themes you’ve seen in other Image titles and completely turns them on their head. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Dark Night: A True Batman Story and Han Solo!

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DK_A_True_Batman_StoryDark Night: A True Batman Story (Vertigo Comics)  

I’m a massive Batman: The Animated Series fan, so when I heard last year that Paul Dini would be writing a new Batman story I was already hooked. Then when I heard it would be published under DC’s Vertigo imprint, I was both intrigued and worried. Could this be the dark, mature reader themed Batman series that we’ve dreaded from DC? That doesn’t sound like something Dini would be into. Instead, Dark Night: A True Batman Story is something else entirely: it depicts the real-life beating and mugging that Paul Dini experienced in 1993, and how he dealt with the trauma that came after it. Featuring art by 100 Bullets artist Eduardo Risso, Dark Night is truly one of the must unique and emotional Batman stories ever, and gives us a fascinating look into the life of one of Batman’s greatest storytellers. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Superman: Doomed and Royals: Masters of War!

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 superman_doomed_coverSuperman: Doomed #1 (DC Comics)

The big Superman event of the summer starts off with this week’s Superman: Doomed. Written by Charles Soule, Scott Lobdell, and Greg Pak (aka the guys writing Superman/Wonder Woman, Superman, and Action Comics respectively) with art by Ken Lashley, this one-shot finds Superman going to battle with a new and improved version of Doomsday, the creature that killed him years ago.

Or did he? This issue never gives us a clear “yes” or “no” as to if the “Death of Superman” storyline happened in the “New 52” DC universe. They do mention that Superman has met Doomsday before and show the Doomsday we’re all used to, but never come out and say if Superman was killed or not in the new rebooted universe. Despite this, I found this issue to be pretty cool, and I love this new take on Doomsday. No longer just a really strong monster, this new Doomsday is a true embodiment of death that literally sucks the life out of everything around him. When he first appears in the Bahamas at the beginning of this issue, he’s surrounded by burning grass and forests, and has already killed thousands of people. Read the rest of this entry