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Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

And a nice red uniform.

DCHero HistoryReview

Or – “A Bright Enough Light Can Hide The Shadows Within…” The study of the history of the Legion of Super-Heroes inevitably leads to the study of many unusual superhero archetypes and attitudes. Whereas most teams consist of six or seven clearly defined characters, a group the size of the Legion has room for Wildfire’s snarkiness, for Dawnstar’s occasional narcissism, for the roguish charm of Ultra Boy, for Shadow Lass’ antisocial tendencies, even for Quislet’s complete disregard for convention. It also leaves room for your classic cocky womanizer, smart but not the smartest, charming but not the most so, certainly

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Dynamite EntertainmentReview

Or – “It’s Wanton #&$*ing Cursing Weekend At Stately Spoilers #&$*ing Manor!” En l’honneur de notre premier vrai examen des Garçons connus sous le nom de ‘La Français ‘et ‘Le Femelle,’ j’ai choisi de parler la langue maternelle du garçon gallique, de ma propre façon maladroite. Il est bon de voir que Garth Ennis a prévu, de nouveau, mes quelques plaintes au sujet de son écriture (dans ce cas-ci, le fait qui se focalisant comme nous avons sur Le Petit Hughie et de Billy Boucher a laissé les autres caractères dehors dans le froid.)  Maintenant, à la suite de l’arc énorme

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Review

Or – “#&$*! #&$*! #&$*! #&$*! #&$*! #&$*!” Hey, what’s an issue of Powers without obligatory cursing, hmm? In any case, my years as a comic geek have lead me to create a few simple rules that define my comic purchasing habits, and make Wednesdays easier to navigate: Mark Waid – Good. Rob Liefeld – Not Good. Buy anything with Stingray. Avoid anything with Bane. Don’t trust Marvel’s covers, the interior art is almost always different (and many times inferior.) Likewise, no matter who appears on the cover, Countdown tie-ins will probably disappoint. And above all, Bendis writing can be

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Image ComicsReview

Or – “Menaces Gathering In The Shadows…” Dynamo 5 has not had it easy in their first months as a super-team, being repeatedly forced to face down the various enemies of their late father, Captain Dynamo, dealing with the tensions of a new family, and trying to balance homelives with crime-fighting careers.  Now, for one of the team, family is about to intrude upon her costumed life (or perhaps that’s the other way around) in the most horrifying way possible…

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DCReview

Or – “Roy G. Biv!  Easy as 1-2-Thriv!  Roy G. Biv, 1-2-Thriv, Baby You & Miv!” The irony of the current run on Green Lantern?  When Hal was removed from office in 1994, part of the reasoning was that having the entire Corps made Green Lantern less unique…  Now, with thousands of Lanterns running about, as well as the Sinestro Corps, the Zamaron’s potential Corps, Ganthet and Sayd’s Blue Lantern Corps of Hope, The Black Lanterns, as well as the Plaid Lanterns of Bismoll (I may have possibly made one of them up) somebody at DC has finally realized what

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DCReview

Or – “This Is What Happens When You Date Timber Wolf And Not Karate Kid, Jeckie!” Three issues into Jim Shooter and Francis Manapul’s run on Legion of Super-Heroes, there’s a strange thing happening…  Not all that much has changed.  Of course, many of the “changes” brought forth in the W/KRP Threeboot Legion have actually been returns to the Silver Age point of view on the characters, so Silver Age legend Shooter may not actually be that far out of his element.  Still, it’s obvious that SOMETHING wicked this way comes…  I just can’t tell you for sure what, yet. 

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Dark Horse ComicsReview

Or – “I Fail To See The Controversy, I Guess…” For some time now, there have been some underground rumblings regarding this particular issue of Buffy, and how it would be shocking and world-changing.  While the events depicted herein (which aren’t really even the point of the story) can certainly be seen as life-changing for the characters, they don’t, as of yet, have a whole lot of effect on the storyline…

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DCHero HistoryReview

Or – “The Thirst For Power Isn’t Always A Selfish Endeavor…” Even when you take into account the length and breadth of my comic knowledge, and my love of the Legion, there’s inevitably going to be somebody who is my least favorite.  (My Top Ten fave-raves?  1) Blok.  2) Matter-Eater Lad.  3) Bouncing Boy.  4) Wildfire.  5)  Pre-Crisis Ferro Lad.  6) Ultra Boy.  7) XS.  8) Tyroc.  9) Polar Boy.  10) Mon-El.)  Still, the entire point of the Hero History exercise, other than serving as an outlet for my creative/didactic urges, is to identify that which makes each hero uniquely awesome,

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Dynamite EntertainmentReview

Or – “The GREEEEEN…   LAAAMAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!” One of the great mysteries of the universe is the nature of “Public Domain.”  At one point, a couple of decades ago, the rumor went around the comics industry that the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents were in public domain, and we suddenly got four or five different takes on reviving the characters.  Most of the characters in this book are also being published sporadically by AC Comics in their Femforce series and related titles, and many of them were revived by DC/Wildstorm in Alan Moore’s Terra Obscura spinoff from Tom Strong.  If you’re a comic ephemera geek

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DCReview

Or – “The Question And Answers…” The character of Renee Montoya was one of the centerpieces of 52, traveling a complicated arc from drunkard to acolyte to hero in her own right over the course of the year, coming to grips with mortality, her own weaknesses, even the people who had been hurt by her actions in the past. Her transformation into The Question was probably the most satisfying of all the main characters’ stories, and her relationship with Batwoman (another interesting character) made for the possibility of ongoing drama with the newest media darling superhero. So, is it me,

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MarvelReview

Or – “Radioactive Man, Radioactive Man, Doing The Things An Active Radio Can…” When Warren Ellis and Mike Deodato took over Thunderbolts last year, I had my reservations.  After all, most of the original cast was going to be gone, replaced with characters who seemed chosen for their popularity, and Mike’s art has done little to nothing for me since his Wonder Woman stint (during which Wizard tried to force him down my throat as the ‘Best Thing Ever.’)  Now, don’t get me wrong, the series started off strong, with amazing interplay between the characters, some entertaining Norman Osborn bastardry, and

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DCReview

Or – “This Is The Plot That Never Ends… It Just Goes On And On My Friend…” On the one hand, even the worst issue of JSA to date has been above and beyond a lot of the drek that litters the comic book shelves each month…  On the other hand, the streamlining of the ‘Kingdom Come’ Superman into the mainstream DCU has left a lot of the things that I usually love about JSA (the group interaction, quirky characterization and interpersonal bits) if not at a standstill, at least relegated to the background.  Still, this issue promises the introduction

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MarvelReview

Or – “Weren’t We Just Doing This?” Here’s the problem with New Warriors: Three quarters of a year into the title, and we still haven’t had a decent, clear shot of the characters costumes, nor have we been given a reason to connect with their new identities, instead coasting on the name recognition that comes with their old hero selves.  With the exception of the Night Thrasher mystery, the basics of it all have been an endless series of scenes with half a dozen or more heroes milling about in darkness, and a big death scene that fell a bit

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IDW PublishingReview

Or – “Reverse The Polarity Of The Neutron Flow!” Even among the geeks of the world, there are social sub-strata.  Comic geeks, f’rinstance, are slightly more acceptable than cartoon geeks (no offense to the cartoon geeks among us, but at least people have been conditioned to think that our hobby is worth money.)  But one of the rarest of geeks, at least in Central Kansas, is the Doctor Who fan, or ‘Whovian.’  Waaaay back in 1984 or so, I was hooked on the adventures of the Fifth Doctor and his companions, and finally, after decades of inactivity, Doctor Who has

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