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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…

IDW Publishing
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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…

Marvel
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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…

Radical Publishing
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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.

Marvel
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Review: Secret Invasion #6 (of 8)

Or – “Has It Been Ten Years Already?” As a long-time comics fan, I have found that certain bigs of comic lore tend to keep recurring every few years…  Phoenix is reborn!  Spider-Man’s life will never be the same again!  A foe strong enough to defeat Superman!  A new headquarters for the Justice League!  And, most germane to this situation, the founding Avengers return to action!  I remember a conversation with my co-worker Dusty around the time that Kurt Busiek relaunched the Avengers post-Heroes-Reborn, wherein he opined that Captain America, Iron Man and Thor ARE the Avengers, and everybody else…

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REVIEW: T-Bird and Throttle #0

Let’s get this out of the way up front so there is no confusion later on; I’m a big Josh Howard fan.  I like the man, I like his stories, and I like his artwork.  With that out of the way T-Bird and Throttle #0 arrived this past week, and after months of girls in skirts killing the undead, I’m ready to get into a new storyline, this time with superheroes.

Marvel
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Review: Wolverine #68

Or – “I’m Thirty-Seven, I’m Not OLD!” Heh.  Monty Python reference…  Aaaaanywaaaay, I’ve been thinking lately about my reviewing habits, and I’ve decided to break out of any possibly dogmatic way of thinking/reviewing/purchasing and see about what’s happening with books that I wouldn’t necessarily purchase for my own enjoyment.  There’s an inherent trap in only reviewing what you already love, putting you the position of either explaining why you already enjoy something, or worse, defending something you still love that isn’t as good anymore (read any of my recent Birds of Prey reviews for an example of the latter.)  I’ve decided that…

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Review: Secret Six #1

Or – “Is It Okay If I Cheer, Now?” There has been much discussion at Major Spoilers in recent months about whether we follow titles, characters, or just our fave-rave creative teams from book to book.  Some say they’ll read anything with Spider-Man, some say they gotta finish that run of Avengers, others insist that they only read Brubaker, and anybody else is just Folger Crystals.  I actually subscribe to an odd melange of the three, as well as a tendency to want to read interesting arcs (like the “Club of Heroes” bit in Batman some months back) of things…

Dark Horse Comics
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Review: Buffy The Vampire Slayer – Season Eight #18

Or – “Didn’t I Just DO One Of These?” I can’t tell if it’s a function of my tendency to be at least a week behind in my reviews (with my current schedules, I don’t usually buy my comics until Sunday afternoon, when I’m working) but it seems like I’ve been reviewing a lot of Buffy lately.  The good news is, it’s hardly a chore, as the book is humming like a well-oiled humming-thing-covered-in-oil, giving us drama, intrigue, some nice dialogue, and not skimping on the ol’ fighty-fighty, something that many comic books lately are eschewing in favor of all-singing,…

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Review: KICK-ASS #4

Or – “Is Shock Value The Same As Just Plain Value?”  Kick-Ass is one of those books that has been something of a guilty pleasure for me.  Each issue takes us through the full litany of curse-words, high school humiliation, some sexual topics, and a heapin’ helpin’ of swift and blinding violence.  When last issue ended with or main character getting saved by what looked like a nine year old girl, I expected to be going on and on about the use of cute kids in jeopardy for cheap effect.  ‘Course, when the girl murdered two people on panel in…

IDW Publishing
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Review: Doctor Who – The Forgotten #1

Or – “Reverse The Polarity Of The Neutron Flow!” Yes, I know that’s the pet phrase of the THIRD Doctor, but it’ll take a real hardcore Doctor Who fan to correct me.  Of course, I’m used to the feeling of being the one guy who knows about stuff, even amongst my fellow geeks.  My knowledge of Legion Lore, f’rinstance, often gets me strange looks, even in the comic shop.  So I was pleasantly surprised a few years ago when the revamped and relaunched Doctor Who television series actually gained an audience and became once again relevant, rather than a decades-old…

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