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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for May 2015

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Here’s another post that’s a bit late, but that’s the way it is! You know you love it when I blather on about comics, so join me under the cut!
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What I bought – 3 June 2015

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A man haunted by a fixed idea is insane. He is dangerous even if that idea is an idea of justice, for may he not bring the heaven down pitilessly upon a loved one? (Joseph Conrad, from Nostromo)
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DCYou and You, Week One

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So DC just finished their latest big, continuity-fixing event, their this-time-it-really-counts and honest-and-for-true this-is-the-last-time-we’re-doing-this and don’t-worry-we-got-it-right-this-time event, in which I guess they decided the last 30 years didn’t count? Is that it? I don’t know, I’m just here for the aftermath. After less than four years of the New 52, now we have DCYou! Wait, DCYou? Really, DC? Okay, then. But along with new branding comes … new comics! All that was old is new again! All that had failed before will definitely not fail now! Let’s kick out the jams, because there’s one thing we can all agree on:
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What I bought – 27 May 2015

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“The scene was night in a summer garden. Pinprick stars gleamed down on shaking summerhouses. Plotters glided behind pasteboard hedges. I saw a woman, dressed in her maid’s clothes, hear her husband utter the first tender words he has offered her in years only because he thinks she is someone else. Could one catch a realer moment? And how except in the net of pure artifice? The disguises of opera had been invented for Mozart.” (Peter Shaffer, from Amadeus)
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Review time! with Fatherland: A Family History

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“If you voted for the man you’re wasting time, he’s got his fingers dipped in everyone’s pie”
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Jem and the Holograms #3 Review

jem3aFirst I put up my Jem and the Holograms #2 review up a week early and now I put up this Jem and the Holograms #3 review up a couple of days after the book hit the shelves – I gotta sync up better with #4! – BC One of the most impressive aspects of the Jem series is that Kelly Thompson and Sophie Campbell are balancing a TON of characters in the story, with a good chunk of them having direct involvement in the over-arching narrative of the series, but without sacrificing much in the way of development of the characters. Not only do we have the good band, the Holograms, the bad band, the Misfits and Rio, the music journalist who is the love interest of Jerrica (the lead singer of the Holograms who is also secretly, through the use of some high-tech holographic technology, also Jem, the PUBLIC lead singer of the Holograms) but now, in this issue, we have two new characters who end up playing a key role in the issue, Clash and Blaze, two groupies for the Misfits. Clash is a fascinating character – she is clearly an extremely capable person, but she is so wrapped up in her low self-esteem and her idolization of the Misfits jerky lead singer, Pizzazz (where she sees all of her self worth), that she ends up putting her skills to use doing cruel stunts to impress someone who clearly doesn’t care about her. You can tell that her heart isn’t really into her actions, except, of course, to the extent that she can impress her hero. Her partner-in-crime, Blaze, only appears at the end to set up the cliffhanger for next issue.
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Review time! with Starve #1-5

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I mentioned a few weeks ago that Brian Wood had sent me digital copies of both Rebels and his other new comic, Starve, but I didn’t have time to get to the second one. Well, I still don’t have a lot of time (I’m still having issues with my Internet connection, because I might as well live in 1996 with the speed I have), but I’m going to get to it anyway!
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Review time! with The Wizard

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Hey, it’s another comic I received in the mail! As always, I love getting these and giving them some publicity, so let’s check it out!
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What I bought – 6 May 2015

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She took off her shoes. “My husband said he married me because he thought my feet beautiful. Did you ever hear of such a thing?”

I said to her, “I have heard of a man who married a girl because he heard her laugh beneath his window. And I have heard of a man who married a girl because she could dance a jig on a dinner plate and not break the plate and she was not a small girl. I know a man in County Monaghan who married a girl because she could not pronounce the letter r and he found that charming.” (Frank Delaney, from Ireland)
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How to Make DC Comics the Marvel Way: Superman #39 and Superman #40

Superman #39 and Superman #40 are the same comics. Not literally, of course, but in basic essence, there is little separating them. There are a few flourishes like dealing with Clark revealing he’s Superman to Jimmy Olsen at the end of Superman #38 that issue 39 follows up on, but, really, these are both issues where Superman deals with what his new ‘solar discharge explosion’ power means. Issue 39 is written by Geoff Johns, pencilled by John Romita, Jr., inked by Klaus Janson, coloured by Hi-Fi, and lettered by Sal Cipriano; issue 40 is written by John Romita, Jr., pencilled by John Romita, Jr., inked by Klaus Janson, coloured by Dean White, and lettered by Travis Lanham. We could go over the differences in colouring and lettering between these two comics (and they are there, of course), but, as you can imagine, I’m going to focus on the differences in the writing. Namely that Geoff Johns wrote a DC version of this comic, and John Romita, Jr. wrote a Marvel version.

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Review time! with Amiculus: A Secret History volume 1

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On the back of this comic, we get the intriguing question: “Did Rome fall … or was it pushed?” Well, of course it’s more complicated than that, but that’s not what fiction is all about, right?
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What I bought – 29 April 2015

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Genesis is a great lie; but it is also a great poem; and a six-thousand-year-old womb is much warmer than one that stretches for two thousand million. (John Fowles, from The French Lieutenant’s Woman)
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Jem and the Holograms #2 Review

jem2 I meant to have this up when the issue came out, so I’m re-posting it now – BC. Today is the release of the second issue of the Jem and the Holograms series from IDW, written by our own Kelly Thompson (co-plotted by Sophie Campbell) and drawn by Campbell and M. Victoria Robado. I thought that Campbell and Robado did an excellent job on the first issue (I reviewed it here), but they took things to a whole other level with this second issue, as Campbell and Robado tackle what is likely the number one most difficult aspect of this comic, namely “How do you translate music to a written work?” Their answer is through a series of carefully orchestrated panels by Campbell that are bursting with vibrant colors by Robado. One of the strongest tools that a comic book artist has is how they lay out a page. How they lay the page out can literally determine how you read it, and here, Campbell’s designs take control of your eye and forces you to follow along with the “music.” I especially like how Campbell eschews traditional panel arrangements and instead has panels essentially created from the characters themselves, the blended nature of the design also achieves the aforementioned “driving” force. As powerful as a job that Campbell and Robado do on those pages, though, they would only stand out as awesome-looking set pieces if they weren’t sandwiched around a compelling story with interesting characters. Luckily, that’s just what happened in this issue!
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Review time! with Jem and the Holograms #2

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You guys do know that Kelly writes for our blog, right? So of course we’re going to give her publicity in the form of advance reviews! That’s just science!!!!
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What I bought – 22 April 2015

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“I couldn’t. Absolutely. I know you work en route. And I like taxis. I was never good at geography and I learn things by asking the drivers where they come from.”

“They come from horror and despair.”

“Yes, exactly. One learns about the countries where unrest is occurring by riding the taxis here.” (Don DeLillo, from Cosmopolis)
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