The Marvel Rundown: The Battle for Wakanda Begins as Readers Discover the Origin of a Fan-Favorite Star Wars hero

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No other series at Marvel has been promoted better this year than this week’s new release, Black Panther. That’s a statement I never thought I would make! When the publisher tapped popular author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates (The Atlantic) to write the series, Marvel took advantage of the opportunity to create a comic that could reach more […]

Review: Michael DeForge’s ‘Big Kids’ tells us something about ourselves

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Millennials are often portrayed by the older generation – my own, to be clear – as a generation of victims. Like most cross-generational proclamations, this is a self-righteous pile of bull built from Gen Xers’ and Boomers’ stumbling reading of Millennial discourse, as well as some resentment for our own repression and the ability of […]

The Marvel Rundown: Does X-Men ’92’s Second #1 Hit the Sophmore Slump?

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X-Men ‘92 was one of the hidden gems of Marvel’s Secret Wars event tie-in comics. The creative team for the series, including Chris Sims and Chad Bowers, had a concept so novel that they didn’t have to compete with some of the other offerings in the direct market. In fact, Marvel liked the creators ongoing series so […]

Review: New York Review of Books’ new comics line is off to an amazing start

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It was a fantastic day for artful, intelligent comics when the New York Review of Books added comics to its publishing line. The focus so far is on making obscure graphic novels available again, and the March 22 release of Mark Beyer’s riotous Agony sets an interesting tone for the line. Beyer’s work, which is about the size […]

The Marvel Rundown: It’s a bird, it’s a plane…it’s…WHO?

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He’s the character that we might not actually want or deserve, but he was a staple of Jonathan Hickman’s (Avengers) lineup, that’s right…Hyperion now has his own title. Writer James Robinson (Justice League) has already given the character interesting and dramatic material in the pages of Squadron Supreme, with so many solo titles in All-New, All-Different Marvel each of these […]

The Beat’s Weekly Toy Review/Preview: Many things POPPING in June

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By: Nicholas Eskey Welcome back boys and girls to another exciting installment of the Beat’s Weekly Toy Review/Preview! Since there is just too many toys out there to wrangle into one medium sized post, I’ve chosen only those that either have been newly released or newly announced, and of course have caught my eye. So […]

The Marvel Rundown: Why does the new Iron Man comic inspire Hulk rage?

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Ain’t no rest for the wicked…or the Marvel Universe, for that matter. This week, the publisher launched a second Iron Man ongoing series, with Brian Michael Bendis once more at the helm. Given the flood of ongoing series debuting at the publisher, can Bendis manage two on-going Iron Man series at the same time? Will he switch up […]

Review: Roman Muradov’s ‘The End Of A Fence’ is cryptic, but beautiful

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Immensely talented Russian illustrator Roman Muradov has quickly established himself as one of the most complex cartoonists around, both visually and narratively. In Muradov’s hands, the simplest fable can become a massively abstracted exercise that is usually part giddy, part confounding. If you’ve been alienated from his previous work because of this, The End Of […]

The Marvel Rundown: Marvel’s best new book will take you by surprise

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Marvel characters are becoming more relevant everyday. Since the Guardians of the Galaxy characters became a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, one question has been littering the minds of long time Thanos fans: where the hell is Adam Warlock? With the release of The Infinity Entity #1, we get our answer. Not only that, we also get the launch of […]