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Funeral of the Heart (Fantagraphics)

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Written by Steve Higgins Thursday, 04 September 2008 17:00

foth-header.jpgLeah Hayes' debut graphic novel was released to much fanfare earlier this summer, but does it live up to the hype?

 

 

Marvel Comics 09.24.08 | Return to Planet Hulk

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 04 September 2008 17:00

skaar-header.jpgThe creative team behind the hit "Planet Hulk" return to that story's savage world in Skaar: Son of Hulk Presents: Savage World of Sakaar, and we've got a whopping 7 pages of preview art.

 

   

The Shortpants Observer #1 (Shortpants Press)

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 04 September 2008 17:00

obv_07-header.jpgMidwestern minicomics purveyors Shortpants Press inaugurate their new anthology with four of Chicago's finest unsung artists.

 

Pow! To the People 08.29.08

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Written by Eddie Argos Friday, 29 August 2008 03:08

essex-header.jpgThis week, Eddie Argos takes a look at a batch of titles from indie publisher Top Shelf: Alex Robinson's Too Cool to be Forgotten and Jeff Lemire's Essex County series. Who knew comics about farming, hockey, and high school could have such appeal to an unabashed superhero fan?

 

   

boy’s club #1 (Teenage Dinosaur/Buenaventura Press)

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Written by Byron Kerman Thursday, 28 August 2008 17:00

bc-header.jpgMatt Furie's cast of dudes look like animals because they act like animals in this creepy tribute to the lifestyle of the lazy, selfish, teenage male.

 

 

Daddy’s Girl (Fantagraphics)

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Written by Steve Higgins Thursday, 28 August 2008 17:00

dg-header.jpgDebbie Drechsler explores the horrors of child molestation and its aftermath in this haunting new graphic novel.

 

   

Marvel Comics 09.17-24.08 | Who is Lady Bullseye?

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 28 August 2008 17:00

ladybullseye.jpgFind out the secret of the sultry new villainess who wants Matt Murdock dead in Daredevil #111, plus meet Nick Fury's secret warriors in Mighty Avengers #18 and discover the Sentry's secret history in Age of the Sentry #1.

 

 

The Chronicles of the Wavecutter #1 (self-published)

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 28 August 2008 17:00

cotwc-header.jpgHigh seas adventure meets low-motivation slacker comedy in this new series from St. Louis artist Drew Crowley.

 

   

Pretentious Record Store Guy #1 (self-published)

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Written by Pretentious Record Store Guy Friday, 22 August 2008 06:42

prsg_header.jpgYou read it first right here on PLAYBACK:stl, and now it's available in comic book form. We couldn't think of a better critic to take a look at the Pretentious Record Store Guy comic than the Pretentious Record Store Guy himself.

 

 

Negima! Magister Negi Magi Vol. 18 (Del Rey)

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Written by Elizabeth Schweitzer Friday, 22 August 2008 05:35

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It's the final battle between master wizard Negi Springfield and Martian magician Chao-san. The existence of the world hangs in the balance, and it seems that Chao's ultimate spell has just kicked in. Will there be anything left when the light fades?

 

   

Gene Simmons House of Horrors (Simmons Comics Group/IDW Publishing)

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Written by Jim Ousley Friday, 22 August 2008 02:39

hoh-poster.jpgTales of the macabre, presented by the legendary KISS bassist.

 

 

Marvel Comics 09.10-17.08 | Here comes the War Machine

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 21 August 2008 17:00

warmachine.jpgIron Man's buddy James Rhodes moves towards centerstage in Iron Man: Director of SHIELD #33, paving the way for his own solo series. Plus, a look at the origin of the Master of Magnetism in X-Men: Magneto Testament #1 and a 7-page preview of Marvel Illustrated: The Odyssey #1, a lushly illustrated adaptation of Homer's classic Greek epic.

 

   

Veeps (Top Shelf)

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Written by Gabe Bullard Thursday, 21 August 2008 17:00

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As McCain and Obama mull over their vice presidential choices, Top Shelf presents this fun look back at America's greatest political second bananas, like our pal to your left, the one and only Spiro Agnew.

 

 

Pow! To the People 08.15.08

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Written by Eddie Argos Thursday, 14 August 2008 17:55

batman-header.jpgFresh from seeing The Dark Knight, Art Brut frontman Eddie Argos turns his eye to Batman with a look at three very different takes on Gotham's caped crusader.

 

   

Image Comics/Silverline 11.05.08 | Bruce: The Little Blue Spruce

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 14 August 2008 17:00

bruce_header.jpgShadowline, Image co-founder Jim Valentino's branch of Image Comics, launches the all-ages Silverline imprint with this children's book about a tree in search of a home, written by "Editor Girl" Kristen Koerner Simon and illustrated by Valentino himself.

  

 

Image Comics/Shadowline 10.29.08 | Get Savage!

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 14 August 2008 17:00

savage-header.jpgWriters Steve Niles (the mind behind 30 Days of Night), Dan Wickline, and Jeff Frank team with famed cover artist Mike Mayhew for the brutal, horror-ific new miniseries Savage #1, just in time for Halloween. Plus, there are creepy government scientists, lethal robots, and Nazi saucer-men in M-Theory #2. 

 

   

Marvel Comics 09.10.08 | Japan's Finest!

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 14 August 2008 17:00

bigherosix_header.jpgJapan's greatest superheroes return in Big Hero Six #1, while the secrets of Magneto's rise to power are finally revealed when crossovers collide in Civil War: House of M #1.

 

 

Marvel Comics 09.03.08 | The Merc With a Mouth Is Back!

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 14 August 2008 17:00

deadpool_header.jpgAfter years teamed with Cable, the Merc with a Mouth returns in his own solo series in Deadpool #1. Plus, Marvel goes monkey crazy in Marvel Apes #1 and Prince Namor returns to the high seas in Sub-Mariner: The Depths #1.

 

   

Image Comics 09.03.08 | Savage Dragon turns it up to 11

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 14 August 2008 17:00

sd137-header.jpgErik Larsen's legendary fin-head meets up with Michael Allred's Madman and rock n' roll adventurers the Amazing Joy Buzzards in Savage Dragon #137.

 

 

My Heavenly Hockey Club Vol. 5 (Del Rey)

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Written by Elizabeth Schweitzer Thursday, 14 August 2008 17:00

mhhc5-header.jpgHana and her gorgeous teammates are up in the mountains visiting her childhood friend, but between abominable snowmen attacks and lurking peeping toms, the hockey team will have its hands full protecting her!

 

   

Resurrection #1-3 (Oni Press)

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Written by Byron Kerman Thursday, 14 August 2008 17:00

resurrection-header.jpgSara and Ben navigate their way through the wake of a now-ended alien invasion in this post-apocalyptic thriller.

 

 

Marvel Comics 09.10.08 | Stephen King's The Stand arrives, and Dark Tower continues

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 07 August 2008 17:00

stand-header.jpgHot on the heels of their hit continuation of Stephen King's Dark Tower series, Marvel once again teams with the master of horror in The Stand: Captain Trips #1 while the creative team behind DT: Gunslinger Born and DT: The Load Road Home return for Dark Tower: Treachery #1. By the same token, Marvel adaptation of award-winning author Sherrilyn Kenyon's Lords of Avalon: Sword of Darkness gets the hardcover treatment, and we have a look at the covers.

 

   

Marvel Comics 08.27.08 | Spider Invasion

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 07 August 2008 17:00

sispideyheader.jpgThe Skrulls have gotten in everyone else's hair, now it's the wallcrawler's turn in Secret Invasion: The Amazing Spider-Man #1, plus Archangel takes on the Purifiers in X-Force #6, and the junior jade giant teams up with a mysterious, beautiful princess in Skaar: Son of Hulk #3 

 

 

Life Sucks (:01 First Second)

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Written by Steve Higgins Thursday, 07 August 2008 17:00

lifesucks-header.jpgThe romanticized trappings of Anne Rice are traded for the soul-deadening world of working retail in this inventive take on the vampire mythos.

 

   

One Pound Gospel Vol. 1 (VIZ Media)

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 07 August 2008 17:00

1lbgospel-header.jpgA gluttonous young boxer seeks redemption with the help of a novice nun in this classic manga from Rumiko Takahashi, the creator of Ranma ½ and InuYasha.

 

 

Tonoharu: Part One (Pliant Press)

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Written by Jim Ousley Friday, 01 August 2008 03:28

tonoharu-header.gifFollow American ex-patriots making their way as English teachers in Japan in this deliberately paced yet highly seductive narrative.

 

   

Marvel Comics 08.20-27.08 | Skrull killing is their business...and business is good!

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 31 July 2008 17:00

skrullkillkrew.jpgWhen there's a green-skinned, furrow-chinned, shape-shifting alien in your neighborhood, who ya gonna call? That's right, the Skrull Kill Krew is back in Avengers: The Initiative #16, plus the Skrull Secret Invasion reaches Wakanda in Black Panther #40 and big revelations are afoot in X-Factor #34, featuring the final chapter of the mini-crossover "He Loves You." It's not all Secret Invasion tie-ins, this week...we've got Ghost Rider #26 for you, too.

 

 

Maintenance Vol. 2: Fantastic Sewage & Other Stories (Oni Press)

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Written by Byron Kerman Thursday, 31 July 2008 17:00

maintenance2-header.jpgDoug and Manny are still cleaning up the messes of the mad scientists of TerroMax, but this second volume isn't quite the same fun ride as its predecessor.

 

   

Pow! To the People 08.01.08

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Written by Eddie Argos Thursday, 31 July 2008 17:00

cap-header.jpgArt Brut frontman Eddie Argos returns to chat comics once again, this week covering a comic he's embarrassed to buy (the TV spin-off Angel: After the Fall) and a pleasant surprise (Ed Brubaker's Captain America).

 

Drawing Words & Writing Pictures (:01 First Second)

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Written by Nick Main Friday, 25 July 2008 01:15

drawing-header.jpgJessica Abel and Matt Madden offer this 16 week classroom-in-a-book on creating comics, offering answers to all the questions that new creators have and wouldn't think to ask.

 

   

Marvel Comics 08.13.08 | Skrulls vs. Gods and Mutants

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 24 July 2008 17:00

secretinvasionx-menheader.jpgThe rough-chinned aliens have been doing battle with the Avengers, but now the Skrulls are taking on Asgard in Secret Invasion: Thor #1 and the Children of the Atom in Secret Invasion: X-Men #1. Plus, upcoming covers to Warren Ellis and Simone Bianchi's Astonishing X-Men #26-27.

 

 

Flight Explorer Vol. 1 (Villard)

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Written by Steve Higgins Thursday, 24 July 2008 17:00

flightexplorer-header.jpgThe creators of the critically acclaimed Flight series of anthologies turn their talents toward all-ages fare.

 

   

The Death of Black Mane and Feared Self, Part 1 (One Time Press)

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Written by Byron Kerman Thursday, 17 July 2008 17:00

blackmane-header.jpgMichael LaRiccia returns with another tale of the violent id-monster that won him a Xeric Grant.

 

 

Pow! To the People 07.18.08

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Written by Eddie Argos Thursday, 17 July 2008 17:00

boostergold-header.jpg Not a hoax! Not an imaginary story! Eddie Argos, frontman for the British band Art Brut, joins the PLAYBACK:stl staff to talk comics in this new regular column. His first time out, Argos takes aim at Wanted and discusses one of his current favourites, DC's Booster Gold.

 

   

Low Key Comics 07.08 | Everyman #2

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 17 July 2008 17:00

everyman2-header.jpgOur garbageman-turned-superhero becomes Brightmoor's hottest hero-for-hire in the second issue of this superhero satire.

 

 

Marvel Comics 08.20.08 | The girl who "knows stuff"

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 17 July 2008 17:00

laylamiller-header.jpgX-Factor's resident know-it-all gets her own one-shot in X-Factor Special: Layla Miller, plus a look at the new alternate cover to Ultimates 3 #4.

 

   

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