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Review: Jack Of Fables #26

Or – “Is It A Bad Sign When You Fall In Love With A Comic Book Cover?” I have a secret admission.  I never read Fables in the individual issues, instead leaning on the TPB’s available at the local library to enjoy that series.  And, never really having been a huge fan of Jack, I didn’t start reading his individual title until a particularly gorgeous Brian Bolland cover caught my eye.  But when I ventured into the store to pick up my books recently, I was awestruck by the cover of this issue and Priscilla’s silent admonition that I needed to…

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Review: All-Star Batman and Robin #10

“I ♥ You, The Goddamn Batman!” Yes, it’s true – I’ve not liked a single issue of Batman R.I.P.  but that doesn’t mean I don’t love Batman.  While the masses seem to swallow everything Grant Morrison has to offer in the pages of Batman, the better story can actually be found in the pages of All-Star Batman and Robin, something the masses seem to detest.  Yes, I know I’m the lone voice on both of these Batman fronts, but what’s a person to do? Answer:  Love the Goddamn Batman!

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Review: Batman #680

Or – “We Interrupt My Lateness To Bring You Something…  Completely Different.” A recent pre-podcast discussion, rambling in nature (like the podcast itself, really) led me to reveal to Stephen that I had read this issue of Batman in my ongoing attempt to jump aboard ongoing titles for comprehension and review purposes, and I opined something to the effect that I was not going to review this issue because of it’s obvious strengths.  I was stunned to hear (as I always am) that my opinion was not universal, and that Stephen himself did NOT see the awesome in this issue…

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Hero History: The Honorary Legionnaires

Or – “What A Difference A Few Decades Make…” If you’re a regular reader of our Hero Histories, you’ve probably gleaned that the team’s adventures have been somewhat unorthodox for a comic super-group. The Legion has been up and down the popularity charts, have run the gamut from super-silly to ultra-serious tales, and have dealt with grown-up subjects like marriage, death, betrayal, and sexual issues long before the rest of the comics world was ready to do so. The Legion’s earliest adventures, though, were steeped in the rules of the Silver Age of comics, and the rules of Mort Weisinger’s…

Dark Horse Comics
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Review: My Name is Bruce

For the last two years, I’ve heard the rumors and have seen the still images from Bruce Campbell’s feature film My Name is Bruce.  And while it looks like the movie is finally going to make it to the indie movie circuit, there are still a lot of questions that fans are asking about the film.  Some of those questions are answered in Dark Horse Comics’ release of the My Name is Bruce one-shot from a couple of weeks ago.

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Review: Mice Templar #5

Or – “Tiny Little Hands and Tiny Little Swords…” I have a confession to make.  Even though I’m a comics fan, and a lover of ephemera of all types, I’ve never really had a soft spot for the swords and sorcery genre.  I never read Elfquest as a child, and have only started to appreciate it as a grown-up (and, yes, I’ve been told that I’m a heretic for that.)  I did, however, have a great love of ‘Mrs. Frisby and The Rats of NIMH,’ and find the idea of a tiny little mouse culture to be pretty entertaining.  Of…

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Review: Booster Gold #12

Or – “The Story Takes Place In The Past…  I HAD To Wait To Review It.” I am soooo late.  I can’t even begin to tell you what has happened in the last couple of weeks, other than to say that I think my hair hurts.  As for the comic books, the show must go on, even when creators move on or editorial caveats force change.  Geoff Johns brought Booster Gold back into the public eye, but now that he’s moved on, how will the book fare?  No better way to find out then to click…

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Hero History: The Five-Year-Gap Legionnaires

Or – “Eight Heroes Are Better Than None…” In recent weeks, we’ve been examining those heroes who joined the Legion in it’s second major incarnation, after harassment from a corrupt Earthgov (undermined by Dominator spies) drove the team to disband for over three years. The team was eventually brought back together by the murder of longtime member Blok (*sniff*) and rose like a phoenix from the ashes, only without sleeping with the kid in the visor. But there is something that we’ve only touched upon briefly that you may not have known… The Legion was active for several months during…

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Review: Locke & Key #6

Or – “I Always Liked His Dad’s Stuff…” So, there are a lot of comics being printed these days, in a lot of different genres, and even I (with a pretty large budget and a tiny bit of discount) can’t afford to follow them all.  This is one of the books that I regret not getting in on the ground floor of…  I guess I had the same misconception here that I did about ‘The Umbrella Academy,’ that we were looking at a case of stunt-casting to sell books.  Turns out that pigeonholing this book caused me to miss a…

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Review: X-Factor #35

It can’t have been that long ago that I praised X-Factor as being one of my favorite comic books. It must have been even less time than that that I announced, even though the artwork by Larry Stroman was giving me heart palpitations, I would continue to buy the book for Peter David’s writing. Yeah… what was I thinking?

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Hero History: Wave

Or – “The Path To Heroism Is Seldom Easily Traversed…” One of the great joys of the Legion of Super-Heroes has been the vast array of heroes to choose from.  Don’t like planet-juggling mighty men?  Maybe you can find the love for Phantom Girl, or Invisible Kid.  Looking for somebody more cerebral?  Try Brainiac 5 or Chameleon Boy.  The post Five Year Gap members of the Legion were especially diverse, with members like Matter-Eater Lad and a powerless Cosmic Boy taking irreplacable roles in the team structure, and showing that you don’t have to be a combat powerhouse to contribute…

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Hero History: Celeste Rockfish

Or – “For Those Who Wonder What Happened To The Guardians…” There are a lot of interesting stories in the fifty-year history of the Legion of Super-Heroes, but the ones that fascinate me are the Legionnaires whose stories remain mostly untold.  The post-Five-Year-Gap stories of the Legion tried to bring the shiny future kids up to speed with a more adult comic industry, adding to the mix characters who had adult skills and knowledges, giving the LSH experience with things out of the purview of, say, Lightning Lad, who has been fighting giant space whales since he was 12.  From…

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Review: Freedom Formula #2 (of 5)

Or – “Further Adventures In Consciousness-Expanding…” There are a lot thought processes on how to save the comic industry from obscurity, ranging from celebrity involvement to the magic of slabbing to putting your content on the intarwebs.  Radical Comics seems to be engaging in one of the more workable methods, giving us new genres and content designed to pull in readers who aren’t in the Marvel/DC/Image rondelay.  Radical’s publishing catalog so far has been pretty interesting, with the title “Caliber” proving to be really impressive to me.  I missed the first issue of Freedom Formula, but part of this week’s…

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Review: Batman Confidential #21

I literally feel that I cannot say enough good things about Batman Confidential at the moment. I picked it up for the first time 5 issues ago, with the beginning of ‘The Bat & The Cat’ storyline (because for nothing else, I love Barbara Gordon) and I honestly wonder if I’ll be able to put it down again. With this, the final issue in the 5-issue arc, I once again have trouble finding any fault with the book.

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