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BatmanDCFeaturedHarley QuinnRetro ReviewReview

Younger readers may find it hard to believe, but Harley Quinn hasn’t been a part of the Joker’s world for very long.  In fact, her first DCU appearance is barely fifteen years old, not even old enough to get into a rated-R movie.  Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Batman: Harley Quinn #1 awaits!

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Fantastic FourFeaturedMarvelRetro ReviewReview

With the upcoming (hopefully temporary) end of Fantastic Four drawing near, we may be entering a strange new Fantastic Four-free world for the first time in decades.  Seems like a good time to check out the issue that made the team what it is today. No, not Fantastic Four #1, that’s just the origin, I’m talking about the REAL beginning…  Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Fantastic Four #3 awaits!

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Eclipse ComicsFeaturedRetro ReviewReviewThe Spirit

Dozens and dozens of our favorite comic book characters are created as homages of, tributes to, or blatant rip-offs of previously existing characters.  It is, by this point, the nature of the beast, and leads us to more than a few interesting stories.  There are many ways to acknowledge your literary influences, but sometimes it’s best to just own up to it…  Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Eclipse Monthly #8 awaits!

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Action ComicsDCFeaturedRetro ReviewReviewVixen

With her upcoming animated series, lot of folks are suddenly talking about the superhero called Vixen for the very first time.  Though her planned 1977 solo title was cancelled before it ever got off the ground, The Vixen was bound and determined to make her way to the DC Universe.  Still, her first appearance may not be exactly what you’re expecting…  Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Action Comics #521 awaits!

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FeaturedMarvelRetro ReviewReviewSpider-ManTodd McFarlane

Like any comic nerd, I have opinions.  George Perez is amazing, The Wasp is the greatest Avengers leader in history, not enough people appreciate the beauty of the black-and-white ‘Deadly Hands Of Kung-Fu’ title from the 1970s.  But it’s not all beer and Skittles, even in my head, and sometimes I worry that I’m too hard on the comics of the 1990s, and so today I’m going to re-examine one as a grown-up, and see if younger me was overly critical.  Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Spider-Man #1 awaits!

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EerieFeaturedRetro ReviewReviewWarren Publishing

Known these days as the company that originated Vampirella, Warren Publishing’s history is a long and eventful one, filled with legendary names, some of the earliest official comics merchandising and a lot of black-and-white horror titles.  But didja know they also tried their hand at more traditional superhero fare?  Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Eerie #138 awaits!

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BatmanDCDetective ComicsFeaturedRetro ReviewReview

Readers of James Robinson’s epic run on ‘Starman’ may recall an arc exploring the mystery of the Starman of 1951, who turned out to be a familiar face.  One might be surprised to find out that he was NOT an original creation, and that the original face under that mask was even more familiar…  Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Detective Comics #247 awaits!

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Captain AmericaFeaturedMarvelRetro ReviewReview

So, this one time? Captain America fought the Red Skull in the depths of hell. You’re welcome…  Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Captain America’s Weird Tales #74 awaits! So, this one time? Captain America fought the Red Skull in the depths of hell. You’re welcome…  Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Captain America’s Weird Tales #74 awaits! CAPTAIN AMERICA’S WEIRD TALES #74 Writer: Stan Lee (unconfirmed) Artist: Uncredited Cover Artist: Martin Nodell Editor: Stan Lee Publisher: Marvel Comics Cover Price: 10 Cents Current Near-Mint Pricing: $14,000.00 Previously in Captain America’s Weird Tales:  The Golden Age of Comics started with

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Image ComicsRetro ReviewReviewWanted

Full disclosure: While the last couple of Retro Reviews represented the top-selling Marvel and DC books of the year 2005, I can’t find the numbers on the top-selling independent books.  (The Top 300 Comics of that year consist entirely of Marvel/DC joints, unsurprisingly.)  So, looking month-over-month, I found an issue that sold really well and seemed noteworthy, then rolled my mental dice and figured we’re probably close enough…  Either way, we’re in for quite a ride with Mark Millar at the helm. Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Wanted #6 awaits! **Today’s Retro Review contains adult themes, language and violence. 

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Batman And RobinDCFeaturedRetro ReviewReview

Our first official Retro Review journeys to the comics of 2005 continue, with the top-selling DC comic of that year that doesn’t really seem like a whole decade ago, but is the comic actually any good?  The answer is… …complicated.  Your Major Spoilers (retro) review of All-Star Batman And Robin The Boy Wonder #1 awaits!

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FeaturedHouse of MMarvelRetro ReviewReview

As a wise man once said, “Time is an illusion.  Lunchtime, doubly so.”  Here in Retro Review corner, our unofficial rule of thumb is to look at comic books at least ten years old, and to see what they can tell us about the comics of days gone past.  Looking at the top-selling book Marvel Comics put out in 2005, I found a book VERY relevant to the Marvel books of today, for reasons good and not-so…  Your Major Spoilers (retro) review of House Of M #1 awaits!

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FeaturedIconMilestone ComicsRetro ReviewReview

It’s the time of the year when we think about new beginnings, but no beginning ever comes without an ending.  Sometimes, even the heroes of the city of Dakota sometimes have to say goodbye to a friend.  They just do it with a little extra meta and a side of loving snark…  Your Major Spoilers (retro) review of Icon #30 awaits! It’s the time of the year when we think about new beginnings, but no beginning ever comes without an ending.  Sometimes, even the heroes of the city of Dakota sometimes have to say goodbye to a friend.  They just

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Ambush BugDCFeaturedRetro ReviewReview

A Major Spoilers holiday celebration!  I’ve long believed that you can tell a lot about a person based on the pop culture with which they grew up.  Today, we’re going to find out why you need to be VERY suspicious of those who read a lot of comics in the early 1980s… As The Doctor once said, “This isn’t going to be big on dignity.”  Your Major Spoilers (retro) review of Ambush Bug Stocking Stuffer #1 awaits! A Major Spoilers holiday celebration!  I’ve long believed that you can tell a lot about a person based on the pop culture with which

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DCFeaturedRetro ReviewReviewWatchmen

Comic publishers today like to tout certain issues as “great jumping-on points.”  I’ve never understood that theory, as ANY issue can serve as a jumping-on point if you do it right.  Case in point: My first issue of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ game-changing ‘Watchmen’.  Your Major Spoilers (retro) review of Watchmen #9 awaits! *Today’s Retro Review contains adult themes and language, and partial blue nudity.  Reader discretion is advised.* Comic publishers today like to tout certain issues as “great jumping-on points.”  I’ve never understood that theory, as ANY issue can serve as a jumping-on point if you do it

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