ImageExpo 2015 in Depth

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By Bruce Lidl As has become a tradition at Image Comic’s semi-annual event, the announcements of upcoming titles came fast and furious today at ImageExpo. After a suitably rousing “state of the company” presentation by Image publisher Eric Stephenson, the stage at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center saw a procession of comic luminaries hyping new […]

Image Expo: Watch Brian Buccellato’s Short For SONS OF THE DEVIL

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Before You Buy The Book See The Movie By David Nieves Tons of exciting announcements came out of the Image Expo keynote today. It’s become the CES, E3, and WWDC of comics (But way way more fun). In his first Image Expo appearance Brian Buccellato (Injustice, Flash) announced his new horror drama project Sons of […]

Review: The 100 Spider War Continues

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Too Many Spiders By David Nieves Amazing Spider-Man #12 Written by Dan Slott   Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli, Cam Smith, and Justin Ponsor  (NO ASM 12 SPOILERS) We all know the cliché about too much of a good thing. Amazing Spider-Man writer Dan Slott probably hasn’t heard it, which is far from a bad thing. […]

Review: Friends with and without feathers flock together in Feathers #1

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Writer/Artist/Creator Jorge Corona gives us a lot to chew on in issue one of his new series Feathers: there’s a disembodied duo who appear only in voice over; a gleaming white-walled citadel surrounded by poorer districts and a class system to match; a faceless, whistling villain who preys on children and never forgets his muffler; and, of course, a little boy covered in the feathers that gives the book it’s name.

Review: Operation SIN returns Agent Carter to the comics

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By Matthew Jent Operation S.I.N. #1 Credits: Writer: Kathryn Immonen Artist: Rich Ellis Colorist: Jordan Byrd Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino Cover Artist: Michael Komarck Variant Cover Artists: Gabriel Hardman & Jordan Boyd; Skottie Young Publisher: Marvel Comics Genre: Superhero/Spy   “Oh God, you meant actual aliens.”   Operation: S.I.N. hits shelves today, starring Agent Peggy […]

Marvel Month to Month Sales Charts: November 2014—A Tale of Three Events

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Wow! So that is a lot of AXIS, Spider-Verse, and Death of Wolverine coming out this month. Spider-Verse topped the charts this month, with Axis and some new debuts close behind, but I can’t help but wonder if these events are starting to cannibalize each other’s sales a bit. AXIS seems to be underperforming a bit, and I wonder if people are just getting tired of event after event.

Advance Review: Wolverines #1

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Who’s Been Polishing Wolverine By David Nieves Written by Charles Soule Art by Nick Bradshaw, Allison Borges Being fans you probably know by now that no one stays dead in comics. Countless characters have come and gone through the revolving door of comic book death. The real payoff for these stories rarely ever happens in […]

Advance Review: Ant-Man #1

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You Want Ants? Cause That’s How You Get Em By David Nieves Writer : Nick Spencer   Art: Ramon Rosanas The Marvel onslaught of ad-books starts the first week of 2015 with a bright spot. Writer Nick Spencer follows the Fraction model of turning a B-list character into a series star by humanizing him in […]

Frank Barbiere Talks Five Ghosts, Marvel Work and Phasing into Comics [Interview]

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By Matt O’Keefe Writer Frank Barbiere has had an impressive climb in the comic industry over the past couple of years. Since his breakout Image series Five Ghosts with artist Chris Mooneyham debuted in 2013, Barbiere has gone on to work for a number of high profile publishers with a wide breadth of amazing artists. […]

Mark Doyle is Moving to Burbank and Staying on The Batman Line

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In an interview with Comics Alliance, editor Mark Doyle confirmed that he is staying with DC Comics in their move to the new offices in Burbank. Doyle is an editor for the Batman titles at DC. I’m happy to say yes, I’m going to be continuing as the Batman group editor and I will be […]

McFarlane Teases his “single BIGGEST issue” of Spawn at Image Expo

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By: Alexander Jones Author Todd McFarlane has just announced a teaser for a brand new project he’s taking over to Image Expo, as well as more information on Spawn #250, and a new comic the creator is working on. The picture McFarlane shared on Facebook contains a classic version of the Spawn character drawn in a […]

Hickman Relaunches The Manhattan Projects and Takes a Marvel Break

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By: Alexander Jones Jonathan Hickman is going through a pretty massive career change. First up, he’s relaunching The Manhattan Projects with a new number one and title change, with The Manhattan Projects: The Sun Beyond The Stars #1. Expect the new #1 on March 11, 2015, along with Nick Pitarra on art with Jordie Bellaire on colors. […]

Marvel and Netflix’s ‘Daredevil’ leaning towards ‘The Wire’ in its tone

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By Kyle Pinion With 2015 just a few days away, we’re on the verge of another big deluge of superhero cinema and television; from Agent Carter, the return of The Flash, Arrow, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. from their mid-season hiatuses to the Fantastic Four reboot, the big-screen debut of Ant-Man, and of course the giant, […]

Guest commentary: Who Stole Superman’s Undies?

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Guest post by T Campbell.

Can the soul of Western civilization be found in a pair of red briefs? Was our first great superhero at his strongest, his noblest, his superest, before modern interpretations stripped him of his underwear? Is there a connection?

A generation ago, when those red briefs were an inseparable part of Superman’s design, he was the most familiar superhero by a wide margin, leading the field in film adaptations,[1] headlining cartoon shows,[2] and even winning over famous media critics who were fiction writers in their own right. Even now, if you believe superheroes have anything to say to American culture or the human experience, you sort of have to start with him, because he’s the prototype.

Umberto Eco called him “the representative of all his similars” [3] and Harlan Ellison described him as one of “only five fictional creations known to every man, woman, and child on the planet.”[4] Born in the early hours of a visual, easily reproduced medium, he was popular enough to codify most of what being a superhero meant. The Oxford English Dictionary even mentions him by name in its definition of “superhero”:

The IDW Discovery Sale is a Hidden Gem Amongst a Slew of Discounts

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By: Alexander Jones We just reported on a huge Boxing Day sale across Comixology, but there is one $9.99 collection to rule them all (aside from the Star Wars sale today–that thing is crazy!) The IDW Recent Hits/Discovery sale features a total of 20 great comics for half of the price. The best part, is […]

You Will Believe a Divinity can Bend Matter, Space, and Time (Divinity #1 Preview)

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By: Alexander Jones Valiant comics are continuing to mix up their line with a couple of brave new experimental decisions, but this one might be the most dangerous of them all, introducing a character with incredible power in the Valiant world. The publisher’s latest wave, Valiant Next, started with the release of the first issue […]