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Marvel
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Thunderbolts: International Incident

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…

DC
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Justice Society of America #13

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…

Marvel
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New Warriors #9

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…

IDW Publishing
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Doctor Who #1

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…

Marvel
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Captain America #35

Oh how great it was to see a new Captain America come in to the fold last month. Captain America issue number 34 was truly one of the classics. But let me get this straight right from the start, to avoid any of the presumably already half written emails I would be getting. Steve Rogers was, is, and always will be, the only Captain America in my eyes. James Buchanan “Bucky” Barnes is just filling in for his lifelong friend until he comes back.

DC
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REVIEW: Action Comics #862

Or – “Hide The Good Silver! It’s The SUBS!!” Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq! Staq!

Review
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Kick-Ass #1

Or – “Superheroing 101 – The Basics Of Masked Adventuring.” Sometimes, you review a book out of love.  Sometimes you review a book out of loyalty.  Sometimes, you review a book because it’s the be-all, end-all crossover that will change everything. This one  threatened to smack me with a pipe wrench if I didn’t…

DC
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Shadowpact #22

Or – “Final Destiny Of The Rook…” I admit it…  I initially only read Shadowpact for Nightmaster.  As a student of the obscure and ridiculous heroes, the idea of a hippie guitar player becoming Sir Lancelot spoke to me on a deep and meaningful level.  Yes, I enjoy Detective Chimp, and The Enchantress is compelling (and beautiful, even for a collection of lines on paper.)  I enjoy the Steve Ditko history of Nightshade, the ‘weirdness magnet’ that is Blue Devil, and some of my earliest comic memories are of an issue of Batman Family with Ragman in it.  Heck, even…

Marvel
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Immortal Iron Fist: Orson Randall And The Green Mist Of Death

Or – “The Continuing Adventures Of The Golden Age Iron Fist…” The invention of Orson Randall is one of the truly inspired portions of the new Immortal Iron Fist series (a book not lacking in inspiration and innovation.)  Marvel has long intimated that there have been other Iron Fists in history, but Fraction and Brubaker are the first ones to personify those previous wielders of the power of Shou Lao the Undying.  By taking a smattering of Doc Savage, a bit of Indiana Jones, and a healthy dose of booze, they’ve given us a character both new and familiar, and…

DC
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Batman and The Outsiders #4

Or – “Some Call It The Larry Lieber Syndrome…” Being the resident Major Spoilers comic historian, I can usually find some sort of precedent for most of what happens in comics.  This issue, indeed, this whole TITLE, reminds me of the 1970’s Atlas line of comics, founded by former Marvel publisher Martin Goodman to put his former company out of business.  He hired away many of Marvel’s freelancers, including Stan Lee’s brother Larry Lieber, and started a new line of comics whose characters and situation seemed vaguely familiar…  Most of the titles started out interestingly, but Goodman, desperate to put…

DC
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Birds Of Prey #115

Or – “A Chick Fight?  On The COVER?  Gail Simone, Wherefore Art Thou?” Lately in the DCU, I’ve seen a trend that I don’t really like.  Gail Simone left Birds of Prey in order to handle a higher profile book, Wonder Woman.  (In her defense, it’s apparently one of her dream gigs…)  Now, Sean McKeever has revealed that he’ll be leaving the title as well, to better concentrate on Teen Titans and higher profile gigs.  There’s no announcement as to who will take over the book when he leaves with #117, but I have to say that I’m disappointed with…

DC
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Hero History: Supergirl

Or – “Making The World Safe For Skin-Tight Red Hotpants… Thank Rao!” In the 70 years since the advent of Superman, there have been a great many superheroes, with varying raisons d’etre. Some came to cash in on trends, some to break new ground, some to irritate, some to ingratiate, and some to infiltrate. But today’s entrant seemingly comes from the basest of all creative wells: protection of copyright. Like Jessica Drew, Carol Danvers, Kathy Kane, and others, our hero du jour is a female version of an existing hero. Unlike any of those others, she managed to carrying her…

DC
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Superman/Batman #46

It is not often that you get a book that does both “insanely humorous” and “meaningful undertone” within the same covers. On the advice of a friend, I picked up Superman/Batman #46, and I loved it. Now, I’ll admit from the get-go here, I’m not the world’s biggest Superman fan. I find him boring and predictable. At least, while reading something like Batman, I can sit there going; “OK, I know he’s ‘Batman’, but something still could happen to him.” With Superman, it’s either magic or kryptonite, and even then all the villains are idiots.

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