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Astro City: Beautie #1

Or – “Astro City!  Qu’est que c’est!  Fa fa fa faaa fafa fafa fa faaah.” (Five points to the Spoilerite who identifies the source of this review’s header quote, which has been boiling around in my head for over a decade, thanks to faithful Spoilerite Bruce/Prisoner.)  Once again, we have an issue of Astro City in our hot little hands (Is it Christmas?) and this one is doubly compelling, covering one of the most unusual heroes of the AC universe: Beautie, the walking Barbie fashion doll.  I am on record now as saying I will not be making any of the…

DC
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Booster Gold #0

“Zero Hour? Again?” When you ask the comic fans of my father’s generation you normally don’t get a lot of good things said about Booster Gold. He was self aggrandizing, selfish, moronic and nowhere near the top flight of heroes that were the beloved at the time. And, really, that’s the whole point isn’t it; Dan Jurgens couldn’t have created a more perfect character.

Marvel
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New Avengers #38

Or – “Remember What I Said Earlier About Marriage In Comics?” Luke Cage and Jessica Jones have been one of my favorite comic book couple for some time now, combining her neurotic brand of crazy with his tough-guy with street smarts attitude.  When the semi-controversial issue of Alias exposing their vaguely sordid sexual relationship first came out, I remember thinking that there were long-term possibilities in the coupling that people were missing.  Post-Civil-War, after marriage and a baby, Luke and Jessica have hit a rocky patch, and the question of whether either of them is who they claim to be…

DC
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Green Arrow and Black Canary #5

Or – “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone…” Having been a married man for over a decade now, I’m always puzzled by the utilization (or the lack thereof) of marriage in comic book stories. With the notable exception of Reed and Susan Richards, whose marriage is one of their defining characteristics, most comic marriages fare pretty badly. In the post “One More Day” comic universe, it’s clear that most of the editorial staff holds marriage in the same sort of regard as the people who write the “I win this wrestling match and win your woman” angles in professional wrestling. Now,…

Marvel
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Captain Marvel #3 (of 5)

Or – “Because NOBODY Demanded It!” The return of Captain Marvel has bothered me, from the very beginning.  The one-shot that brought him back was, frankly, awful, balancing lame art with a rushed plot, and felt like an afterthought.  “Oh, wait, let’s bring back this guy so that three years down the line we can do something with him!”  This series hasn’t been bad at all, to be honest, although there has been a lot of vaguely whiny self-introspection, and a strange recurring bit about a painting that has been completely impenetrable.  But, aside from the novelty of bringing back…

Marvel
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ClanDestine #1 (of 5)

Or – “The Family That Punches Together, Gets A Sequel A Decade Later…”     Let us go back, ladles and jellyspoons, to a far-flung time in our nation’s distant past.  As the years pile up in our wake, we travel back to another age, so different from our own as to be like a different world…  1994.  Bill Clinton was president, most of you weren’t even able to type yet, the Internet was still just USENET, Stephen was single, and I was just about to get married.  In the midst of the chaos that was comics (think teeth and claws,…

DC
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Hero History: Mon-El

Or – “You Waste 10 Lifetimes In A Cosmic Peepshow & See How Normal YOU Are…” In this, the fiftieth anniversary year of that futuristic bunch of super-teens known as the Legion of Super-Heroes, we’re continuing our in-depth look at children of the future (teach them well, and let them lead the way to kick the behinds of the Fatal Five.)  We turn our sights today to the man who was, quite possibly, the most powerful hero alive in the pre-Crisis DCU.  When Superman could fly through suns, move the Earth out of orbit, and see thousands of miles in…

Dark Horse Comics
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Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season Eight #11

Or – “Asking That Musical Question: Who Frenched The Head Slayer?” The wonderful part of the Buffy comic is the way the voices of the characters, though aged and changed, have remained consistent with their TV personae. ‘Course, since the creator of the characters and the head writer of this title are the same guy, it just stands to reason. In early seasons of Buffy, the most fascinating portion of the show wasn’t the monster of the week, it was the high school interactions: Xander kissing Willow. Buffy falling for a loser. Willow’s flirtation with Oz (“I mock you with…

DC
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Justice Society of America #12

Or – “I Thought The Legion Had A Lot Of Characters…” I gotta tell ya, it’s good to see Ving Rhames getting work… I haven’t seen him in anything since the remake of ‘Dawn of the Dead.’ This issue of Justice Society of America is part four of the apparenly endless “Thy Kingdom Come” storyline, and I gotta tell ya: I admit to having a lower tolerance for Alex Ross than most, but I have to wonder if even his most hardcore fans are onboard for this one. Kingdom Come is a fine story, but if it suffered anywhere, it was in its’…

Marvel
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The Twelve #2 (of 12)

Or – “This Is The One Reviving Golden Age Heroes WITHOUT Alex Ross…” The comic book publishing field is full of unexplainable little synchronicities.  The Doom Patrol (a group of outcast super-powered freaks led by a wheelchair bound genius) debuted just months before the X-Men (ditto.)  Swamp Thing and Man-Thing were brainstormed at the same time, The Invaders and the Freedom Fighters showed up nearly simultaneously, and The Avengers and the JLA both had red-skinned androids who were created by their sinister foes go straight and join their teams in 1968 (The…

Dark Horse Comics
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Trades You Should Own: The Escapists

If you haven’t heard of The Escapist, that’s okay, he isn’t a real superhero. Or is he? In the fictional novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, the two protagonists create a comic hero during the Golden Age of comics as a way to escape from their past, but in the process, author Michael Chabon created a character that would transcend the novel form and actually make it to the comic pages.

DC
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Blue Beetle #23 – What Would Ted Kord Do?

This issue proves why you should be reading Blue Beetle. I think too many readers dismissed Jamie Reyes when he first appeared as just another Ted Kord wanna-be, but issue #23 proves he has what it takes to be a hero.

Marvel
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Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #24

Or – “Because YOU Demanded It. Repeatedly…” Alright! I give up! I have finally reached the point where I can no longer make excuses not to cover Marvel’s heaviest hitter. I tried to argue that there was too much backstory to recap, but then I keep reading Captain America. I tried to argue that the timeframes were too convoluted, but I keep reading Avengers, Mighty Avengers and Avengers: The Initiative. I tried to fight my own best judgment, but the ‘One More Day’ storyline claims to be the biggest thing to happen to Spider-Man since non-bunching spandex, and it’s drawn…

DC
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The Flash #233 – The Wild Wests: Fleeting Lives

Way to tackle a tough subject Waid! Any superhero comic is bound to showcase an alien invasion at some point, and Waid is more than willing to give service to that meme in his latest take on the Flash. Things looked pretty bleak for the Wests last issue, but with the JLA making an appearance, what better way for Waid to redefine the idea of the Flash Family?

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