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Boys, Toys, Electric Irons, and TVs 22: Futures End #23 and Avengers #36

In stories that take place in the future, the reader is always playing catch-up to some degree or another. It’s a way to mimic the sensation of picking up an issue of a series in the middle of its run, albeit designed to be new reader friendly at the same time. How much you’re told depends on how much the writer wants to reveal at any given moment; and, unlike picking up an issue of a series in the middle of its run, you can’t go out and buy some back issues to fill in the blanks. It’s like being someone who lives in the middle of nowhere with no internet access. It’s something that Jonathan Hickman likes to do quite a bit and does in ways that are quite surprising.

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1987 And All That: Blood: A Tale #1-4

A column in which Matt Derman (Comics Matter) reads & reviews comics from 1987, because that’s the year he was born. Click here for an archive of all the previous posts in the series.

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Countless works of fiction—and non-fiction, too, while I mention it—have been built around the protagonist’s journey of self-discovery. One might even argue that every story, to one degree or another, is about the hero’s path toward self-actualization, just as some would say that self-actualization is the driving force behind everything we do. Whether or not it’s truly such a universal phenomenon, the search for self is certainly common, in our real lives and our entertainment. Blood: A Tale is, above all, another example of such a story, its main character constantly striving to define himself and his world. But the book steadfastly refuses to settle on a consistent narrative identity, moving through its beats with a manic, chaotic energy and pulling from as many genres as it can think of along the way. It’s a fairy-tale horror, a fantasy adventure romance, a metatextual story about stories, and a spiritual time travel narrative all in one. It is also none of those things entirely, and the lush but often blurred and/or vague artwork only adds to the schizophrenic atmosphere. I don’t mean to indicate that Blood or its creators are confused about what the comic should be. On the contrary, the ever-fluctuating tone and rhythm are deliberate elements, there to underline the difficulty and, perhaps, the futility of the hero’s efforts to understand himself and find his place. Each of us is a million people in one, behaving differently and wanting different things depending on where we are (physically and emotionally), who we’re with, and any number of other unpredictable external and internal factors. Blood celebrates that fact by letting its title character play numerous roles, all while trying to uncover what his role is really supposed to be. Continue Reading »

Year of the Artist, Day 281: Steve Rude, Part 1 – Nexus #1

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Steve Rude, and the issue is Nexus (volume 1) #1, which was published by Capital Comics and is cover dated November 1981. These scans are from the trade Nexus: As It Happened, which was published by Rude Dude Productions in 2009. Enjoy!
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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 106

It occurs to me that it seems like many comic book covers are homages. Which is fine with me. I have no problem with it. It just made me think, though, how long could I go before I hit a week where NO new comic book was released that had a cover that was an homage to something? Let’s find out! Here is an archive of all the cover homages featured in the streak so far!

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When We First Met – Season Three Additions to the Cast of Arrow

In this feature we spotlight the various characters, phrases, objects or events that eventually became notable parts of comic lore. Not major stuff like “the first appearance of Superman,” but rather, “the first time someone said, ‘Avengers Assemble!’” or “the first appearance of Batman’s giant penny” or “the first appearance of Alfred Pennyworth” or “the first time Spider-Man’s face was shown half-Spidey/half-Peter.” Stuff like that. Here is an archive of all the When We First Met features so far! Check ‘em out!

With the premiere of the third season of Arrow tonight, I thought it would be nice to spotlight the debuts of the comic book versions of the characters from the TV series that will be debuting on the show this season.
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Year of the Artist, Day 280: David Mazzucchelli, Part 5 – Asterios Polyp

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is David Mazzucchelli, and the comic is Asterios Polyp, which was published by Pantheon in 2009. Enjoy! (There’s a tiny little bit of Not Safe For Work stuff below the cut. Very mild compared to what we’ve seen recently, but still.)
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Year of the Artist, Day 279: David Mazzucchelli, Part 4 – Zero Zero #2

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is David Mazzucchelli, and the story is “Stop the Hair Nude” in Zero Zero #2, which was published by Fantagraphics and is cover dated May-June 1995. Enjoy! (Oops, I have to break out the Not Safe For Work warning again. You thought I had to retire it because I used it so much when I did Tim Vigil, but it’s a true yeoman, and it’s back out there now to warn you – your boss might not enjoy you checking this out at the office. Note the name of the story, for crying out loud!)
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A Chronological Look at the 75 Most Memorable Moments in Marvel Comics History Countdown

My pal Corey Blake sent me a a fun chronological listing of the moments in the 75 Most Memorable Moments in Marvel Comics History countdown, if you ever wanted to read the entire countdown in the order that it was released.

You can check it out on Google docs here.

Or here it is a giant image:

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3 Chicks Review Comics – Episode #072

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We begin with an ADVANCE REVIEW for Scott Snyder, Jock, and Matt Hollingsworth’s Wytches #1 from Image. This is spoiler free, so no worries about listening before you’ve had a chance to read. This releases on 10/8 so make sure to keep your eyes peeled if you haven’t already pre-ordered from your shop! Next up is a review of Thor #1 by Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, and Matthew Wilson. We have an interview this week with the always charming writer of Batman, American Vampire, and WytchesScott Snyder! Scott dishes on all things Wytches as well the forthcoming Batman #35 -  due out this week and SURE to be talked about everywhere – read it first in your pile this week!

3 Chicks Review Comics is a podcast featuring female comics lovers and bloggers. Sue from DC Women Kicking Ass and Kelly Thompson from She Has No Head! Tune in to CSBG every other Monday at noon as we review comics and discuss hot topics of the week. In addition to the blogs above, you can also follow us all on twitter as well: Kelly and Sue.  Special thanks to Caanan Grall for our incredible 3 Chicks Logo and to Nik Furious for our awesome 3 Chicks theme song.

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Year of the Artist, Day 278: David Mazzucchelli, Part 3 – Batman #405

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is David Mazzucchelli, and the issue is Batman #405, which was published by DC and is cover dated March 1987. Enjoy!
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75 Most Memorable Moments in Marvel Comics History Master List

In honor of Marvel’s seventy-fifth anniversary, we did a countdown of the most memorable moments in Marvel Comics history, based on YOUR votes!

Here are the final results of the countdown! Be forewarned, these memorable moments WILL include some spoilers of old famous Marvel stories!

Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 277: David Mazzucchelli, Part 2 – Daredevil #206

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is David Mazzucchelli, and the issue is Daredevil #206, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated May 1984. Enjoy!
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Living in the Time of the Revolution

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Year of the Artist, Day 276: David Mazzucchelli, Part 1 – Master of Kung Fu #121 and The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones #14

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is David Mazzucchelli, and the issues are Master of Kung Fu #121 and The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones #14, both of which were published by Marvel and are cover dated February 1983 and February 1984. Enjoy!
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75 Most Memorable Moments in Marvel Comics History #3-1

In honor of Marvel’s seventy-fifth anniversary, we’re doing a countdown of the most memorable moments in Marvel Comics history, based on YOUR votes!

Here are the last results of the countdown! Be forewarned, these memorable moments WILL include some spoilers of old famous Marvel stories!

Enjoy!
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