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Review time! with Black Charity

Putting a dominatrix in your comic should be a symbol of excellence, right?
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Review time! with Judge Bao and the Jade Phoenix

Sherlock Holmes in medieval China? Yes, please!
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What I bought – 2 May 2012

Has the world lost its joy? Is that why we’re in such a mess? (Madeleine L’Engle, from A Swiftly Tilting Planet)

So much good stuff! This is a wildly deceptive cover Power to the princess! RAGE!!!!! Brian Bolland, doing what he does Her eyes follow me!!!! I don't know who that's supposed to be I'm LOVING the new costume! Why so angry, Mr. Star? Only crazy people don't like Rafael Albuquerque! It's time to read some DC trades! Look at cute l'il Howard! I hate every ape I see ...
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Flippin’ through Previews – May 2012

Well, my good friend Ivan Hart Dominguez-Carson, sensitive soul that he is, went away crying from the comments last month, so I’m back to being a solo act! Let’s dive right into Previews #284, shall we?
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What I bought – 25 April 2012

And Savinkov remembered that Kaliayev had once said to him, “Everything is beautiful. The stars and clouds and flowers and people and — death is beautiful, too.” (Otto Friedrich, from The End of the World)

See ya! Don't piss off the clockwork tiger! Fight Night! You know, I was never a fan of burnt marshmallows Well, that's not going to end well Oh, Howard Hughes - you're such a crazy dude! Who knew Hendrix was in cahoots with all those conspirators? Too damned big!
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Flippin’ through Previews – April 2012

Yes, I’m a week late thanks to being out of town, but I hope you’re ready for a Very Special Guest to help me go through this months Previews #283!
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What I bought – 28 March 2012

“No, she’s sincere enough – ain’t we all – but like the rest of us she doesn’t want to pay too high a price for it.” (George MacDonald Fraser, from Mr. American)

I'd read about dinosaurs ripping his shirt Would you look at that! Not all covers have to be great! When Krypto goes bad! I'm already uncomfortable! U! S! A! I'd like this more than once every two years, please! Well, this looks flingin'-flangin' awesome He'll bedazzle you! No, Amanda Conner does NOT draw the interiors!
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What I bought – 21 March 2012

And so I stood perfectly still with folded arms, allowing my eyes to receive the tracery of apian flight, so like curling silver strings in the air. White butterflies, faint as powder on a mirror, yet imbued with the mysterious force of life, hovered and flitted, half-powered by their own efforts and half-carried by the breeze. That all these creatures, and all these plants and dirt and blossoms, from the earthworms to the dung beetles, to the rhododendrons, catnip, delphinium, clematis, lupine, campanula, and bearded iris should all come together here in this spot to create this wondrous place seemed a fact beyond all possibility of mere formality, betokening some kind of marvelous presence having the sense of an artist and the mechanical persistence of an inventor. (Steve Szilagyi, from Photographing Fairies)

I'd vote for him! She doesn't look happy! She has no head! Poor Jason Blood! Cliff is looking at himself! J'accuse! Toby has that fancy helmet, but he's using a gun? What an odd pin-up calendar! Boing! That has to get in the way, doesn't it? Good comix! It's WEE!
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What I bought – 14 March 2012

‘We are happy lovers. Aren’t we? And happiness makes one stupid. Happiness and wisdom do not go together, just as body and thought do not go together. Because only pain is the thought of the body. In other words, happy people become stupid people. It is only when they get tired of their happiness that lovers can become wise again, if that is what they otherwise are.’ (Milorad Pavić, from Last Love in Constantinople)

No one can see you! Action face KICK!!!!! It can't be comfortable sitting in milk like that 'What do you mean, I have to leave a tip?!?!?!?!' That guy is thinking that it's too cold for this shit What a controversial cover!!!!! How nice for it to show up ...... finally! Aliens ... Hispanics ... oh, I get it now! I kind of wanted the J. H. Williams variant, because it's damned cool Wasn't that a Red Hot Chili Peppers song? I'm hung up on some comics from the Sixties, man! That's a damned fine cover! MCKELVIE!!!!!!
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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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