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Review time! with Nocturne: The Walled City Trilogy volume 2

“I’ll give you television, I’ll give you eyes of blue, I’ll give you a man who wants to rule the world”
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What I bought – 11 February 2015

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In the suburbs people rarely dreamed of striking out for happiness. It was all familiarity and endurance: security and safety were the reward of dullness. (Hanif Kureishi, from The Buddha of Suburbia)
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What I bought – 4 February 2015

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Another poet compared his beloved’s upper-lip hairs to the feathers of a parrot feeding a pistachio to the beloved’s lips. To help me appreciate the richness of this poetic image, Diloram drew a picture of it in my notebook. It was terrifying. (Elif Batumen, from The Possessed)
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Stinky Cecil in Operation Pond Rescue Review

Paige Braddock has been doing exemplary comic work for over two decades now, with her hilarious Jane’s World comic strip plus her work for Peanuts (she is the Creative Director at Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates, a position she’s held since 1999) and The Martian Confederacy . This week, she released her first original graphic novel for children and, unsurprisingly, it was excellent.
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Review time! with Family Portraits #1-3

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You know who’s the perfect person to write about a comic about people who AREN’T boring heterosexuals? A BORING HETEROSEXUAL, THAT’S WHO!!!!!
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This isn’t a best comics of 2014 list, but it’s something

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Due to my year-long daily posts about artists, I fell behind on reviewing and even reading comics in 2014. I continued to read single issues, but it took me three weeks into January to finish all the collected editions and graphic novels I bought last year, and of course I didn’t review many of them. So instead of doing a detailed “best-of” post, which I enjoy doing, I’m just going to write about some comics I really liked this past year. Sound good? I know, why should you care? Well, you shouldn’t, but if that’s the case, feel free to skip this post!
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Review time! with No’Madd: City of Empty Towers

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Here’s another comic I’ve had for a few months, and I’m finally getting around to reviewing it! Hooray for free time!
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Review time! with Gilgamesh

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The creator of this graphic novel sent it to me back in August. Yeah, I’m slow. Let’s see what’s what!
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My Top Ten Comics of 2014

Here is my list for the top ten comics for 2014. No honorable mentions this year, but suffice it to say that there were TONS of honorable mentions, just like there are every year, as I read a whoooole lot of good comics.
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Review time! with Bigfoot: Sword of the Earthman

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I’m seriously behind on reviewing stuff, but I hope to catch up in the next few weeks, beginning with this fun comic!
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Review time! with Lady Killer #1

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Jamie S. Rich, who’s a cool dude, asked me if I’d like an advance copy of Lady Killer #1, which he co-wrote with Joëlle Jones (according to Rich, she did the main plotting). As I am a fan of both Rich and Jones, I said sure! So let’s take a look at it!
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What I Bought – Three from November 5, 2014

“Now I wonder what that hearse is doing sitting quietly there in my warehouse. Should I repair it for another ride so it is ready when it is needed? Does it need attention? Is that why I have it? Of course it is. If there is ever a situation where the hearse is required again, I want it to be ready. There is an old bumper sticker Taylor left on it, where these immortal words are written: SHIT HAPPENS.” (Neil Young, from Special Deluxe)

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Savage Dragon #193 Review

dragon193Savage Dragon #193 was a significant departure for Erik Larsen’s long-running series, as after a year or so of sharing the book with his his father, Malcolm Dragon now takes over the title as the sole lead character. The original Dragon is still around, but he is powerless and busy with his own plotlines, so while he is still a cast member in the title, Malcolm is the clear star now. Malcolm’s first issue is a strong display in Larsen’s unique storytelling approach. He mixes in two distinct styles – his characters age in real time and he never shies away from the real life consequences of what a superhero would be like in real life. At the same time, though, Savage Dragon is not a cynical comic book. It manages to be realistic without being dour. Malcolm is the rare modern hero where his inspiration for doing good is not some grand tragedy in his youth but rather a simple desire to, you know, do good. It’s a refreshing stance to see in modern superhero comic books. Plus, of course, the book always looks great with Larsen’s pencils (the colors are currently by Nikos Koutsis.
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Rasputin #1 Review

rasputin1 I sometimes think that if you could just harness the kinetic energy that is present in Riley Rossmo’s artwork, we wouldn’t need to look any further for alternate fuel sources because he’d light up the entire country. There are few artists whose work possesses the amount of vivacity that is present in Rossmo’s work. This vibrancy is particularly appropriate in his newest comic, Rasputin, written by Rossmo’s old Proof collaborator, Alex Grecian (with colors by Ivan Plascencia), which tells the story of the seemingly unkillable Russian icon Grigori Rasputin. It is only fitting, then, in a book that is about a man cheating death, that he would be depicted by an artist whose work is brimming with verve and vigor. What I was really impressed with in this first issue was the way that Grecian has enough confidence in the work that, for the most part, after a dramatic opening sequence, he mostly steps out of the way in this first issue and allows Rossmo and Plascencia to go nuts on extended wordless sequences. It makes for a dramatic and unique first issue.
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Deathlok #1 Review

deathlok1 Anyone remember Kiss Kiss Bang Bang? Not the great Robert Downey Jr. movie, but the old Crossgen comic book? It was sadly cut short by the collapse of Crossgen, but the five issues we got were really good. It was written by Tony Bedard with pencils by Mike Perkins. I was thinking of that while reading Deathlok, if only because it reminded me of just how awesome of an action artist Mike Perkins. That’s kind of a silly thought to have, honestly, since Perkins has done some great action comics in the years since (including a stint as the alternate artist with Steve Epting on Ed Brubaker’s Captain America run), so I don’t know why my mind went all the way back to 2004, but I guess you never know what kind of things will trigger a memory in your mind. Unless, of course, your mind is being manipulated by some secretive shadow agency to block out your memories and use you as a killing machine. Which just happens to be the exact plot of Marvel’s new series, Deathlok, by Nathan Edmondson, Mike Perkins and Andy Troy.
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