COMIC BOOKS

Marvel Comics 02.11-25.09 | Sell outs and second prints

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 22 January 2009 17:00

hulk_header.jpgNo new interior art this week, but some good art just the same, with upcoming variants and second printings, plus a hint of things to come in Captain Britain & MI-13.

 

 

Shrapnel: Aristeia Rising #1 (Radical Comics)

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Written by Erin Jameson Thursday, 22 January 2009 17:00

shrapnel-header.jpgInterplanetary war looms on the surface of Venus in this video game-inspired sci-fi epic.

 

   

Gus & His Gang (:01 First Second)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 15 January 2009 17:00

gus-header.jpgChris Blain offers a post modern take on the classic western with his tale of cowpokes who go gaga over every pretty little lady they come across.

 

 

Manmachine Book 1: Praeposito (self-published)

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Written by Byron Kerman Thursday, 15 January 2009 17:00

manmachine-header.jpgA rich backstory, intricate digital illustrations, and an ambient music soundtrack are the highlights of this ambitious webcomic.

 

   

Journal Sanders Vol. 1: Kentucky Fried Sketchbook (Low Key Comics)

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Written by Byron Kerman Friday, 09 January 2009 07:51

sanders-header.jpgCartoonist Juan Ruvalcaba documents the boredom of everyday life and the soul-sucking experience of living in Los Angeles in this daily sketch diary.

 

 

Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo Vol. 1 (Del Rey)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 09 January 2009 04:42

gankutsuou-header.jpgAlexandre Dumas' classic revenge tale gets a futuristic spin courtesy of Mahiro Maeda, who also directed the series' animated incarnation.

 

   

Pow! To the People 01.09.09

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Written by Eddie Argos Thursday, 08 January 2009 17:00

alanswar-header.jpgThe recording of Art Brut's new album kept Eddie Argos a bit too busy to read comics over the last few months, but he's back with a new favorite: Emmanuel Guibert's unique soldier's memoir, Alan's War.

 

 

Marvel Comics 02.04.09 | Is SHE the New Black Panther?

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 08 January 2009 17:00

blackpanther-header.jpgA new lady takes the mantle of Wakanda's champion this February, but just who is she? You'll find out in Black Panther #1, but for now, Marvel just wants to taunt you with the possibilities. Also, Nick Fury leads Marvel's next generation of heroes in Secret Warriors #1, Marc Silvestri covers Astonishing Tales #1, and a teasing look at the upcoming Marvel Assistant-Sized Spectacular and the all-new Savage She-Hulk.

   

Marvel Comics 01.14.09 | Mighty Avengers #21

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 08 January 2009 17:00

mightyavengers_header.jpgA new creative team takes over when Dan Slott and Khoi Pham come on board for Mighty Avengers #21, and we have a 5-page preview.

 

 

Three To Read | 01.07.09

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Written by Jason Green Tuesday, 06 January 2009 10:55

rasl-header.jpgThis week's best bets include Jeff Smith's latest, a Warren Ellis finale, and one of Marvel's most under-rated titles.

 

   

City of Dust: A Philip Khrome Story #2 (Radical Comics)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 25 December 2008 17:00

cityofdust-header.jpgIt's Blade Runner meets 1984 with a touch of Fahrenheit 451 in this dystopic future where creativity and imagination are outlawed.

 

 

Solanin (VIZ Media)

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Written by Erin Jameson Thursday, 25 December 2008 17:00

solanin-header.jpgSolanin follows a group of post-collegiate Japanese twentysomethings through meaningless jobs with a minimum of starry-eyes, a heavy helping of rock star ambition, and a surprising amount of tragedy, love, and honesty.

 

   

Silent Hill: Sinner’s Reward (IDW Publishing)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 18 December 2008 17:00

silenthill-header.jpgThe doom and forboding of the hit Konami survival horror video game series comes to life in this ominous graphic novel.

 

 

Drawing Wizards, Witches and Warlocks (Sixth & Spring)

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Written by Byron Kerman Thursday, 18 December 2008 17:00

wizards-header.jpgA useful stepping-off point, this instructional art book's important lesson is that drawing can be simpler than one might fear.

 

   

Three To Read | 12.17.08

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Written by Jason Green Tuesday, 16 December 2008 17:00

beanworld-header.jpgThree works to check out this week include a new work by David Lapham, a classic by John Byrne, and the return of an indie stalwart after more than a decade.

 

 

Garfield Minus Garfield, Garfield: 30 Years of Laughs and Lasagna (Ballantine Books)

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Written by Gabe Bullard Thursday, 11 December 2008 17:00

garfield-header.jpgA look at the surrealist webcomic—which removes the titular tabby from Garfield strips to show how sad and lonely Jon Arbuckle really is—plus a special hardcover retrospective just in time for the character's 30th birthday.

 

   

Time Stranger Kyoko Vol. 1 (VIZ Media/Shojo Beat)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 11 December 2008 17:00

kyoko-header.jpgWhat's a princess to do when she doesn't want the obligations of life as a royal? How about set out on a quest to awaken her permanently asleep twin sister?

 

Marvel Comics 01.02.09 | Incognito

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 11 December 2008 17:00

incognito-header.jpgEd Brubaker and Sean Phillips take a break from their fantastic series Criminal to bring you Incognito #1 this January, and we have a whopping nine page preview! Plus, a look at some upcoming villain variants, and a look at Marvel's next Free Comic Book Day offering.

 

   

Three To Read | 12.10.08

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Written by Jason Green Tuesday, 09 December 2008 17:00

wwoz-header.jpgComics Editor Jason Green takes a look at the three most interesting releases due in stores this week. This time out: Phonogram 2: The Singles Club #1, One Pound Gospel Vol. 4, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz #1.

 

 

Marvel Comics 12.24.08 | A Merry Marvel Christmas!

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Written by Jason Green Friday, 05 December 2008 00:35

hulkclaus.jpgThe House of Ideas offers a teasing look at what's hitting stores on Christmas Eve, plus a sneak peek at Thor #600, due out early in '09.

 

   

Hercules: the Thracian Wars #2-3 (Radical Comics)

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Written by Elizabeth Schweitzer Thursday, 04 December 2008 17:00

hercules-header.jpgHercules and his friends strive to make the ragtag army of Thrace a unit, and give Cotys his desired empire. But, as they close in on a rebel leader, little do they know that a traitor lurks among them.

 

 

Yozakura Quartet 2 (Del Rey)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 04 December 2008 17:00

yq-header.jpgA sort of Japanese Charlie's Angels (plus one) strives to keep the piece and sustain the delicate balance of powers in a town where humans and demons co-exist. 

 

   

Tales From the Keg #1 (Organized Crime Records)

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Written by Byron Kerman Thursday, 04 December 2008 17:00

tfk_header.jpgMidwest thrash-metal act Cross Examination (named Best Metal Band in the 2008 Riverfront Times poll) tosses a free comic in with their latest release, but it's the album itself that really impresses.

 

 

Snug Comics #1 (Low Key Comics) | Izzy Challenge #5 (self-published)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 04 December 2008 17:00

snug-header.jpgA look at two interesting new minicomics, both written and drawn at least in part by local talents.

 

 

   

Pumpkin Scissors Vol. 1-2 (Del Rey)

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 27 November 2008 17:00

pumpkin-header.jpgA ragtag band of soldiers fight to rebuild a nation shattered by war in this awkwardly titled new action series.

 

 

Love and Rockets: Amor y Cohetes and New Stories #1 (Fantagraphics)

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Written by Jaffa Aharonov Thursday, 27 November 2008 17:00

lar-header.jpgLos Bros Hernandez return with two new releases: one their first foray into the annual graphic novel format, the other a collection of odds and sods.

 

   

Deitch's Pictorama (Fantagraphics)

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Written by Byron Kerman Thursday, 20 November 2008 17:00

kimdeitch.jpgUnderground-comics pioneer Kim Deitch is joined by his brothers and father for a Deitch-a-palooza that treads where memoir meets wild, wishful fantasy.

 

 

Me and the Devil Blues: The Unreal Life of Robert Johnson Vol. 1 (Del Rey)

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Written by Elizabeth Schweitzer Thursday, 13 November 2008 17:00

johnson1.jpgThis dark and fantastic manga explores the life of Robert Johnson, the Depression-era musician who (supposedly) sold his soul to the Devil to become the greatest Blues player who ever lived.

   

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Official Casebook Vol. 1: The Phoenix Wright Files (Del Rey)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 13 November 2008 17:00

phoenixwright-header.jpgCAPCOM's famed video game attorney reaches the comic book page in this new anthology.

 

 

Marvel Comics 11.26.08 and 12.10.08 | Thor vs. Odin

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 13 November 2008 17:00

thor_header.jpgThor's got daddy issues, and he sets out to settle 'em Mjolnir-style in Thor: Man of War by Matt Fraction, Clay Mann, and Patrick Zircher, while Wolvie battles bikers in Wolverine: Flies to a Spider #1 by Gregg Hurwitz and Jerome Opena.

 

   

Abandoned Cars (Fantagraphics)

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Written by Byron Kerman Thursday, 06 November 2008 17:00

abandoned-header.jpgThe disgruntled and disaffected offering long internal ruminations of the glass-is-half-empty variety in Tim Lane's new graphic novel.

 

 

Tiki Joe Mysteries (SLG Publishing)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 06 November 2008 17:00

tikijoe-header.gifSend yourself back to the days when men were men, women wore toreador pants, and faux-Polynesian culture was all the rage.

 

   

Pow! To the People 10.31.08

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Written by Eddie Argos Saturday, 01 November 2008 03:23

umbacad.jpgArt Brut singer Eddie Argos turns the tables on a fellow rocker with a look at My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way's Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite, plus a look at the DC Comics Encyclopedia.

 

 

Presidential Material (IDW Publishing)

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Written by Gabe Bullard Thursday, 30 October 2008 17:00

pres_material.jpgIDW offers up an intro to the presidential candidates courtesy of this pair of just-the-facts-ma'am biographies (in comic book form) of Barack Obama and John McCain.

 

 

   

Mushishi vol. 4 (Del Rey)

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Written by Elizabeth Schweitzer Thursday, 30 October 2008 17:00

mushishi4-header.jpgJust in time for Halloween, Mushishi gives the thrills of spirits mingling with mortals, and the dark chill of what is left after such encounters.

 

 

Marvel Comics 11.08 | Off to see the Wizard!

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 30 October 2008 17:00

wwoz_header.jpgMarvel previews their upcoming take on the L. Frank Baum classic in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Sketchbook, Stephen King's The Stand turns 30 just in time for The Stand: Captain Trips #3, War Machine makes way for his own solo series in Iron Man: Director of SHIELD #35, and Madelyne Pryor returns in Uncanny X-Men #503.

 

   

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