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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 61: Syndrome

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Syndrome, which was published by Archaia and is cover dated 2010 (it came out in August of that year). Enjoy!
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Review time! with The Dare Detectives: The Snow-Pea Plot

I love it when I’m really torn on a book. It makes reviews fun!
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Review time! with Black Fire

I’m still getting back into the swing of things around here with regard to longer reviews of single works, so let’s jump into a graphic novel that has a 2011 publication date on it but came out in 2012!
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What I bought – 4 January 2012

It may, then, be said with truth that the Hebrews were the first to discover the meaning of history as the epiphany of God. (Mircea Eliade, from The Myth Of The Eternal Return)

Ms. Powers does not, in fact, appear in this comic! He fights for ... JUSTICE! The alien cover is MUCH cooler than the chick one! Nice boots! Why is her sword stuck inside his shirt? Cage Smash! Well, that can't be good Historical! You all love Ben Caldwell, right? GINORMOUS!!!! Oh, Hellboy-verse comics - you never disappoint!
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Review time! with Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand

I don’t love titles with the creator’s name in them, but there you are.
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What I bought – 14 December 2011

“Truth, Vinicius, dwells somewhere so high that the gods themselves cannot see it from the top of Olympus. To you, carissime, your Olympus seems higher still, and, standing there, you call to me, ‘Come, you will see such sights as you have not seen yet!’ I might. But I answer, ‘I do not have feet for the journey.’ And if you read this letter to the end, you will acknowledge, I think, that I am right.” (Henryk Sienkiewicz, from Quo Vadis)

Yeeeee-hawwwww! Oh no, it's a fastball special! He's on the rag (yes, I totally went there) A hook hand!  A HOOK HAND!!!!! I'm not entirely sure what that big ball of cash is - a wreath, maybe? I know this isn't supposed to be a cover, but it's still uninspiring Well, it might be ridiculously late, but at least the cover is spooky! The dude with the flame thrower cracks me up I'm not really sure why this image is being used as a cover for this issue It's about time! At least they fixed the trade dress! Who knew that motif was coming? Leonardo DiCaprio NOOOOOO! That's some good use of color there It never gets boring! At last! This looks groovy! Will this book make me like Satrapi???? Oh, Jubilee - what have they done to you?
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Flippin’ through Previews – December 2011

Are you looking to do a little Christmas shopping? Well, too bad – Previews #279 is NOT for you! (Because it, you know, has books for February and beyond, so it’s too late for Christmas shopping, so it’s funny that it’s the “December” issue, right, and … oh, let’s just move on.)
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What I bought – 30 November 2011

“Maybe I’m crazy. But there’s something in me that loves Death. I think of myself as Death, sometimes. In a scarlet shroud, floating through the night. I’m so beautiful, then. And sad. And hungry to make the whole world happy, by taking them out where I am, into the night, away from all trouble, all unhappiness … Walter, this is the awful part. I know this is terrible. I tell myself it’s terrible. But to me, it doesn’t seem terrible. It seems as though I’m doing something – that’s really best for him, if he only knew it. Do you understand me, Walter?”

“No.” (James M. Cain, from Double Indemnity)

There is no DeLorean in this book! Monkey-hanging is F-U-N! Dang, I love this cover Don't fuck with ...... the ferrets! Not a hoax!  Not an imaginary issue! So much rage! If it's Shinku, there's going to be blood! What strange hold does Nick Spencer have on editors?!?!? Mouth-spanning saliva!!!! So much death! Hey, look!  It came out! It's Arthur Adams all over the place! Finally! Can you stand all the Gillen?
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Review time! with Mr. Murder Is Dead

It’s murder most foul, olde-tymey style!
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Flippin’ through Previews – October 2011

What lurks in the depths of Previews #277? Join me to find out!
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Flippin’ through Previews – September 2011

You know it’s a new DC when Aquaman graces the cover of the latest Previews. Has the world gone insane?!?!?!?
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What I bought – 24 August 2011

“Nevetheless, you’ll have to reconcile yourself to the fact that I am,” retorted Woland with a twisted smile. “No sooner do you appear on the roof than you blab nonsense, and I’ll tell you what it is – it’s in your intonation. You pronounced your words as if you refuse to acknowledge the existence of either shadows or evil. But would you kindly ponder this question: What would your good do if evil didn’t exist, and what would the earth look like if all the shadows disappeared? After all, shadows are cast by things and people. Here is the shadow of my sword. But shadows also come from trees and from living things. Do you want to strip the earth of all trees and living things just because of your fantasy of enjoying naked light? You’re stupid.” (Mikhail Bulgakov, from The Master and Margarita)

Digitaley! The holy egg! It's so busy! Don't tase me, bro! He's gotta sing! he's gotta dance! Tim Callahan likes this - shouldn't you? Man, that's a lazy cover I'm not sure why this cover is on this issue and not the last one No, Kid Miracleman, no! This comic is Ian Astbury's wet dream No chicks in a Greg Horn cover?  Sacrilege! It's all wacky! Who knows where the heck this is going? Giant chunks of Hellboy-related material is the best way to read it! But ... it's not infinite, is it? It's all Caniffy!
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What I bought – 17 August 2011

dearest abbie who told me that in a sick society a symbol will always become a commodity (Tommy Trantino, from Lock the Lock)

Everyone out of the pool! It's not as bad as it looks Shit hits the fan! Just your standard excellent Fables cover! You mean people with different colored eyes are ... mutants?!?!? Wait, something unpleasant going on in a John Constantine comic?  Alert the media! Visual Hamlet puns never go out of fashion! Simon looks pretty smug This is a bit generic, but it's better than the last few So many O-faces! I'm guessing nursing is out of the question? You can't go wrong with a machete! It's in landscape! Dayum!
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What I bought – 10 August 2011

By the river. She was standing by the river. She was dancing without moving. By the river. She wasn’t beautiful exactly; she was like a shimmer in the distance. She was so white his reservation eyes suffered. (Sherman Alexie, from “All I Wanted to do Was Dance”)

Dustin Nguyen is soooooo awesome Oh, the temptation! That can't be feminist-friendly! It's TABOO! This cover would be much better if they put a POW! on it Tony doesn't forge a sword in this comic, which is a damned shame Why isn't Franken-chick green on this cover? SCORE! Look, it's a boomerang pun! I'll get it out of the way in the alt-text: TIME TRAVEL IS IMPOSSIBLE! More good Kordey art for the haters! Bolland!  Gracia-Lopez!  Russell!  Holy crap!!!!!! More Fiona Staples goodness! You cannot deny Risso's excellence! So many phallic symbols! Horrific violence in Gantz?  Unprecedented! Why should I read it for free when I can buy it? Holy crap, this looks awesome Spies!!!!!
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