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REVIEW: No Hero #1 – 4

Or – “How Much Do You Want To Be A Super-Human?” Many years ago, I managed to track down a leather-bound copy of a book entitled “The Encyclopedia of Super-Heroes.”  It listed, in ridiculous detail, as many of the superheroes created between 1938 and 1984 or so as the writer could possibly document, from Superman and Batman down to one-shot wonders like Butterfly and Hell-Rider, to advertising characters like Bud-Man.  Since then, I’ve often wondered how difficult it would be to update that volume, since the 90’s comic boom created thousands of guys whose names are synonyms for “fight,” and…

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Rapid-Fire Reviews XIII: Jason Takes Manhattan

Or – “Three Weeks Of Comics In Handy Bite-Sized Servings!” A side-effect of reading as many comics as I do comes when, after a particulary heavy week of reads, you find all the stories kind of blurring together into one.  It makes for some pretty entertaining nightmares as well, like the one where Wonder Woman was guarding the galaxy against marauding zombies who wanted to shape-shift into teenagers and make out while simultaneously refitting all of our cars to fly and emit fire, and also giving our grandparents cyborg limbs that glow in the dark.  So, I got that going…

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Review: Rapid-Fire Reviews II: Electric Boogaloo!!

Or – “Hell, Man… I Only Have So Much Free Time!” There seems to be a thing out there called “Real Life.”  It’s composed mostly of things to annoy you and drain your wallet of cash, but sometimes it also feeds on your free time.  One of the joys of this gig is getting to share the wondrous things that happen in comics and split the burdens of that which is terrible, which means I usually bite off more than I can chew in terms of comics that I’d like to review.  Since this has happened yet again, it’s time…

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Black Summer #3

Or – “My Newest Summer Blockbuster Fave-Rave…” Most comic writers have a certain thing that they do really well, well enough that you think of it as “their thing.”  For Brian Bendis, it’s the rapid-fire-Joe-Friday-vulgar-conversation.  For Judd Winick, it’s the moment of tragedy in the middle of goofiness.  For Robert Kirkman it’s the completely unthinkable Holy $#!+ moment.  And, in my mind, Warren Ellis really shines in a setting where his characters have completely hit rock bottom, only to find that there are sublevels of unpleasantness yet left to descend into.  Wanna guess what happens this issue?  (Be warned: it…

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REVIEW: Black Summer #1

Or – “Not Precisely A Retro Review…” A couple of weeks ago when I was blown away by Black Summer #2, I mentioned that if enough people were interested, I’d go back and touch on issue #1.  Due to unprecedented fan response (which means somebody responded…  Thanks, Lou!) and a delay of this week’s comics due to the Labor Day holiday (you’d think after reading the things for decades and working in the industry since ’98 I might get a clue on holiday shipping delays, but alas…) I’ve decided to go back and cover this one.  And while I’m certain…

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Black Summer #2

Or – “Sometimes A Book Will Come Out Of Left Field And Surprise You…” Black Summer is one of those books that I wasn’t entirely sure about, dealing as it does with the murder of the President of the United States (and it doesn’t pull it’s punches, making it clear that the Prez in question is unequivocally the sitting Commander-In-Chief.)  My usual goal in life is to strenuously avoid discussions of politics, religion, or alternate lifestyles, but the setup to this issue (and the Warren Ellis writer credit) piqued my interest.  Issue #0 was as interesting as the premise promised (say…