Advance Review: Star Wars Done Right

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Star Wars returns to Marvel, and nearly every other ancillary, non-movie-adventure of Luke Skywalker & Co. has been wiped out of continuity. Back in December we knew that Star Wars #1 would be, almost certainly, the biggest-selling issue of the year with 1 million copies ordered by comics retailers and other outlets. The first issue hits stores this week, with launch parties, dozens of variant covers, and a major media push. But what about what’s actually on the page?

To put it simply: this feels like Star Wars.

Review: When Marvel Comics went Underground by Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson

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The Best of Comix Book: When Marvel Went Underground, published by Dark Horse under the imprint of the Kitchen Sink Press from Denis Kitchen and John Lind is now available. It’s a who’s who of some of the top names in comics. The Introduction is written by none other than Stan Lee himself with a foreword by Denis Kitchen.

I had the opportunity to sit down with Denis Kitchen and John Lind in October at New York Comic Con to discuss the latest publishing efforts from Kitchen Sink Press. Denis Kitchen is considered to be the founding publisher of independent and underground comics. He was instrumental in publishing people like R. Crumb, Harvey Pekar, Howard Cruse and Trina Robbins to name a few.It’s especially prescient to look at the work that Denis and John are currently publishing in light of recent world events. The Best of Comix Book showcases some of the best of the underground comics that Denis published with Marvel under Stan Lee’s direction. This momentous occasion occurred during the period when Stan agreed to help Denis continue publishing while Denis was going through difficult financial times.

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: 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 […]

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 […]

One Day Early: An Ant-Man #1 Review — (Hint, If You Like Hawkeye, You Might Like This)

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Ant-Man has the advance buzz as Nick Spencer’s follow-up to his sublime run on Superior Foes of Spider-Man.  That buzz is probably comparing Ant-Man to the wrong book, but this is still something in that general corner of the Marvel universe and worth your time. Superior Foes was a grand farce.  Pure comedy.  Ant-Man has […]

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 […]

Advanced Review: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Deals With Serious Matters

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There’s an air of impossibility surrounding this book. It begins with a song and vibrant neon crime fighting. It deflates the hyper-serious and allows for a sense of whimsy. When I started working behind the desk at a comic shop, something like this would have barely snuck through Marvel editorial as a one-shot – a reaction to an audience that had an appetite for Serious Comics about Things That Matter and very little else. Today things are clearly different.

All New Captain America #1: A New Motivation for a New Cap

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  By Nicholas Eskey All New Captain America #1 Written By Rick Remender Art & Cover By Stuart Immonen Following with Marvel’s drastic revamping of some of their well-known comic franchises, Captain America is also getting a total face lift. The “All New Captain America,” which is also the name of the comic itself, has […]

Advance Review: SUPERIOR IRON MAN #1 has a god complex

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As humongous and “earth shattering” as event comics can be they usually aren’t the endgame a publisher has in mind. The payoff usually lies in what comes after, whether it’s in the form of another event or a new series. Unfortunately for Marvel the pattern that’s developed is a stale event followed by a great series; one example that comes to mind was Dark Avengers coming after the Secret Invasion event. Marvel’s latest case, AXIS, while convoluted at times, has set the stage for Tom Taylor to play on the other side of the big two field with Superior Iron Man.

31 Days of Halloween Review Special: Hellboy & the BPRD #1

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By Matthew Jent Hellboy and the BPRD #1 Writers: Mike Mignola & John Arcudi Artist: Alex Maleev Colorist: Dave Stewart Cover Artist: Alex Maleev Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Action/Adventure Publisher: Dark Horse Comics   “You’re taking Hellboy with you.” In the mid-1990s I was in high school and looking for rebellion. Something to get pretentious about. […]

31 Days of Halloween Review Special: Hellboy & the BPRD #1

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By Matthew Jent Hellboy and the BPRD #1 Writers: Mike Mignola & John Arcudi Artist: Alex Maleev Colorist: Dave Stewart Cover Artist: Alex Maleev Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Action/Adventure Publisher: Dark Horse Comics   “You’re taking Hellboy with you.” In the mid-1990s I was in high school and looking for rebellion. Something to get pretentious about. […]

Review: ‘Action Philosophers’ is required reading

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The duo of Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey have done it again in the 10th anniversary edition of their comic book series Action Philosophers. It’s available in late October from Dark Horse in a beautiful hardcover one volume edition with new cover art. This smart and witty non-fiction graphic book is the introduction to philosophy that should be required reading. I wish it had been around when I struggled through some of these works!

The series originally published by Van Lente and Dunlavey under their company Evil Twin Comics began life as a single issue comic book about Frederick Niestche, he of the “God is Dead” philosophy. The comic book proved to be so popular that the guys developed a series that was eventually distributed by Diamond. For those of you unfamiliar with the industry that’s pretty impressive for an indie company. With support and appreciation from the industry the series won a Xeric Grant in 2004, was nominated twice for an Ignatz award and lauded by the American Library Association. For Evil Twin Comics they’ve also created Action Presidents and The Comic Book History of Comics.

Review: Aurora West Rises

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By Matthew Jent The Rise of Aurora West Written by JT Petty and Paul Pope Art by David Rubin Published by First Second   “You don’t have to attack what’s attacking you.” At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Paul Pope appeared on a panel called “Middle Grade Extravaganza,” which discussed comics for a younger audience. […]

Drifter #1 [Advanced Review]: The Sky is Full of Stars and Mystery

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by Zachary Clemente Written by Ivan Brandon, Art & Colors by Nic Klein, Letters by Clem Robins, Design by Tom Muller, Edited by Sebastian Griner, Published by Image Comics. Mankind’s colonization of the galaxy has left countless planets mined bare and lifeless. A space transport crashes onto a backwater world whose unique properties set the stage for a story that combines the […]

No Joke: The New Sabrina is Scary Good

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By Matthew Jent Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1 Story: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Artwork: Robert Hack Lettering: Jack Morelli Covers: Robert Hack Publisher: Archie Comic Publications, Inc.   Poor little witch-girl. Where can we start with Sabrina, the Teenage Witch? She has a history that goes back to 1962, which makes her the same age as Spider-Man. […]