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Thor #1 Review

thorcoverI’m going to give a little experiment a try (for as long as I can). I’m going to try to review a new comic every day this month and then perhaps continue to review some of the comics on a continuing basis (therefore I’ll be mostly spotlighting new series or ongoing series with new directions, as if I am to continue with a review I’d prefer not to pick books already significantly in progress).

I begin with this week’s release of Thor #1 by Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman and Matthew Wilson, debuting the all-new female Thor.

One of the absolute joys I get in reading so many comic book titles is when I get to see a comic book creator develop. I recall seeing Russell Dauterman’s work on Grace Randolph’s Supurbia and finding it to be strong work. However, as time has gone by his work has gotten better and better. By the time he began drawing Cyclops for Marvel, it seemed clear to me that this was a guy who was destined for a bigger spotlight and now, with the release of the brand-new Thor, he has gotten that spotlight and Jason Aaron seems content to spend much of the first issue of the title showing off the impressive work that Dauterman can do working with colorist Matthew Wilson.
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Cover Theme Game for 10/1

The cover theme game works like this: I’ll show you three covers. They all have something in common, whether it be a character, a trait all three characters share, a connection between all three characters, a locale, a trait all three creators share, SOMEthing. And it isn’t something obvious like “They all have prices!” “They all have logos!” “They all feature a man!” “They are all Avengers (who ISN’T?)!” “They’re all dead (who HASN’T been killed off?)!” “They’ve all been cloned (who HASN’T been cloned?)!” “They’re all mutants!” (who ISN’T a mutant?) “They’re all orphans!” (who ISN’T an orphan?) “They’re all legacy heroes” (who ISN’T a legacy hero nowadays?)! “They’re all by the same artist!” (too obvious) etc.

In addition, please note that you must have some familiarity with comic book history to correctly guess these themes. You cannot guess the connective theme just by looking at the covers solely, you must have some knowledge beyond the covers. The connections will ONLY have to do with connections in the actual comic books (so no incidental connections like “they share the same last names of Vice Presidents,” etc. Now, if the three characters were each named Gerald Ford, that’d be another story, as that’d no longer be incidental).

If you come up with an answer that works outside of what I intended, I’ll give you credit (well, provided I think it fits, of course).

One more thing – if there are floating heads on the cover, ignore them! They don’t mean anything! Same thing with corner boxes!

If you think you know the answer, e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Don’t answer in the comments. This way, people who check in at different times of the day can still get credit for answering it correctly!

Here is an archive of all the past cover theme games, plus their answers. Before each new installment, I’ll post the answers to the previous week’s game.

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Year of the Artist, Day 274: Tim Vigil, Part 3 – Faust: Love of the Damned #12

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Tim Vigil, and the issue is Faust: Love of the Damned #12, which was published by Rebel Studios and is cover dated October 2001. Enjoy! (Once again, I have to break out the Not Safe For Work Warning. Seriously, people, it’s as bad or worse as two days ago. Don’t get fired!)
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75 Most Memorable Moments in Marvel Comics History #10-7

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

Enjoy!
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Committed: Hello Kitty Embraces Her Bad Self

hellokitty_chogokin_diveAccording to the New York Times, “studies suggest that cute images stimulate the same pleasure centers of the brain aroused by sex, a good meal or psychoactive drugs like cocaine.” With that in mind, I’m going to suggest that you take a look at some of the fantastically cute stories in the 40th Anniversary Hello Kitty book.

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75 Most Memorable Moments in Marvel Comics History #15-11

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

Enjoy!
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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 105

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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Year of the Artist, Day 273: Tim Vigil, Part 2 – Zero Tolerance #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 Tim Vigil, and the issue is Zero Tolerance #1, which was published by First Comics and is cover dated October 1990. Enjoy!
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75 Most Memorable Moments in Marvel Comics History #20-16

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

Enjoy!
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Comic Book Six Degrees: Crossfire to Firearm

I name two comic book characters. You then have to connect the two using only shared appearances in comic books (official appearances in comics only – no cameos like Terry Austin sneaking Popeye into the background of a panel and no outside comic book appearances, like cartoons and the like). You have to do so using less than six comics total. Covers and pin-ups do not count – only actual appearances in the same comic book story (so it doesn’t count if they each appeared in separate stories inside the same anthology). Mythological characters, public domain characters (other than public domain comic book characters, they’re free game) and real people (by the way, unless a fake name is used for a real person, like Ronald Raygun or whatever, you can use the person even if they are not officially named in the comic) are unique to their own comic book appearances (so DC’s Thor is different than Marvel’s Thor, DC’s Ronald Reagan is different from Marvel’s Ronald Reagan, etc.). But a licensed character is the same in all of their various comic book companies (so the Marvel Red Sonja is the same as the Dynamite Red Sonja) and approved appearances by a real person can go across comic book companies, as well (so, for instance, you can use Marv Wolfman from his Teen Titans appearance to connect with Marv Wolfman in his Fantastic Four appearance – you just can’t use modern appearances by Jack Kirby from one company to connect to Jack Kirby appearances from Marvel Comics, since obviously Kirby can no longer give approval for his appearance). Approval tends to be the key.

Every week, whoever connects the two characters in the least amount of turns gets to pick the next week’s match (in the event of a tie, the winner is chosen randomly among the people who sent in challenges for next week). Last time was Magnus, Robot Fighter to Robot. Lynn J. was one of four people to get it in three moves (and one of two to use the Magnus/Nexus crossover). Here is how Lynn connected the two…

NOTE: Before I begin, let me again request that when you folks send in your answers to please include your suggestion for next week if your answer is chosen. Oh, and it would be nice if you demonstrate that it IS possible to connect your two suggested choices. Thanks!

Magnus crossed over with Nexus in a mini-series
Nexus had a crossover one-shot with Madman
Madman appeared in Invincible #60 with Robot

Lynn’s challenge is…

Crossfire to Firearm

E-mail me your answers at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Do NOT post your answers in the comments section!

Whoever connects the two characters in the least amount of comics gets to pick the connection for next time around (I’ll pick a random winner in the event of a tie)!

Remember, only authorized appearances in comic books count (for instance, all the Marvel characters in Savage Dragon/Destroyer Duck do not count)!

Flippin’ through Previews – October 2014

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Wait, Damian might not be dead? The hell you say!!! All the answers can be found in Previews #313 … well, probably not, but it’s nice to think so!
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Year of the Artist, Day 272: Tim Vigil, Part 1 – Faust: Love of the Damned #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 Tim Vigil, and the issue is Faust: Love of the Damned #1, which was published by Northstar and is cover dated 1989 (although my copy is the reprint from Rebel Studios, which came out in 1991, and Wikipedia has a cover date of this issue as November 1987, so take that as you like). Enjoy! (And seriously, if you’ve never heard of Faust, I can’t stress enough that there’s some Not Safe For Work stuff in this post. I’m really serious, here! I mean, it’s probably Not Even Safe For Home, depending on who might be looking over your shoulder. Okay? Okay.)
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She Has No Head! – The October Five

The five comic things I’m most excited about for October? Glad you asked!

  Gotham Academy Cover 1#1. Number with a bullet is GOTHAM ACADEMY.

I’ve read it, it comes out this week (10/1) and it is AWESOME.

That’s right, written by Becky Cloonan and Brendan Fletcher and with some absolutely incredible art by Karl Kerschl (colors by Geyser/Dave McCaig) this is my pick of the week before I even read anything else. No way anything else is coming close to kicking it out of the #1 spot. It’s got some fantastic new female characters in Olive and Maps, the hottest Bruce Wayne this side of…well, anywhere quite frankly, and a rich beautiful take on telling stories in Gotham that only touch Batman lightly. Everything about this feels young and new and smart. It’s the exact breath of fresh air that DC desperately needs. And while I wouldn’t want ALL of the DC TMSGAbc_variantbooks to feel this way (the same way I don’t want them all to feel grim and gritty) I must say it’s a welcome change of pace from what we’ve been seeing from DC. Even though Gotham Academy is a pretty gothic book – it’s set in Gotham after all – it’s not going to be all roses and sunshine – it has a lightness hope about it that just sings.

BONUS: Gotham Academy wonderfully straddles several lines, the first being that it will be effortless for new readers unfamiliar with Gotham (or even cape comics) to jump into, and yet it’s filled with little details that hardcore Batman fans will love. It also straddles that often difficult line of being all-ages friendly – and it is – there isn’t anything worrisome for younger audiences but it’s plenty complex, layered, and nuanced for older audiences. Check out the Becky Cloonan variant cover (right), so pretty!

Hot Bruce

I submit this as the hottest Bruce Wayne in just about ever. All hail Karl Kerschl!

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Year of the Artist, Day 271: Al Williamson, Part 5 – Epic Illustrated #27 and 34

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Al Williamson, and the stories are “Relic” from Epic Illustrated #27 and “Out of Phase” from Epic Illustrated #34, both of which were published by Marvel and are cover dated December 1984 and February 1986. I found these stories on the blog Ragged Claws Network here and here. Enjoy! (Oh, and there’s some Not Safe For Work shenanigans below. Comics artists are just filthy old men, aren’t they????)
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75 Most Memorable Moments in Marvel Comics History #30-21

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

Enjoy!
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