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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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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for June 2013

Solo (2)

“I see how they run through the tall grass, / With such thoughtless minds, I wish I was thoughtless too”
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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for February AND March 2013

ChannelEvil (2)

Last month, I didn’t get a chance to finish all of these before I went to the convention in Seattle, and then I was busy when I got back. So this month, we get a double dose of trades and books I’ve read and such. That means this is really long, and I apologize for that!
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Committed: Book Shopping with Clowes, Tezuka & Cooke

While I fully support all business charging (and paying tax themselves too), on the evening of September 14th I used the excuse that Amazon were going to start charging tax in California as an excuse to finally buy some books that had been hanging out on my shopping list for months. The books I bought were The Art of Daniel Clowes, two books by Osamu Tezuka (The Book of Human Insects and Message to Adolf, part 1), and Darwyn Cooke and Richard Stark’s Parker: The Score. I have to admit, when the big box of books arrived it felt like it was my birthday or something! While I regularly order things from Amazon, it is usually boring, practical stuff like water filter cartridges (which is almost certainly the least exciting thing to have delivered.) Moving house this year means that I haven’t been able to indulge in new book shopping for a quite a long time and this was just great. While there are dozens of books on my future shopping list, these are the ones I just had to have, the ones that I couldn’t wait to read any longer. Continue Reading »

Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 189: Richard Stark’s Parker: The Outfit

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Richard Stark’s Parker: The Outfit, which was published by IDW and is cover dated 2010. Enjoy!
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Committed: Diving into the X-Statix Omnibus

Last night in my dreams, The Orphan from X-Statix was asked to do an interview. In the way of dreams, I don’t remember what it was about. But I do remember that he didn’t say what he was asked to say, and while Spike Freeman wasn’t happy about it, the team loved it. I woke up gagging to get back to reading my giant comic book.

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Comics You Should Own – DC: The New Frontier

I actually thought quite a bit about including this … but will you figure out the reason I did? Find out below!
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Committed: Is Indie the New Mainstream?

Popular, successful comic book creators are often accused of being unsuccessful unless they make books for Marvel or DC, but these books are rarely the most lauded. Despite what some readers of the CBR Top 100 Comic Books of 2010 might think, mainstream acceptance of beautifully crafted comic books doesn’t translate to equivalent breakthroughs in the quality of superhero comic books.

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A review a day: The Outfit

Two word review: “Darwyn” and “Cooke.” Go buy!
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Sunday Brunch: 10/10/10

Sunday? Again? Already? Here we go, then. Links, cartoon review, ruminations on the cud of the industry.

CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK: Invent a sidekick for a superhero who has never had a sidekick.

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Box of Comics: The Man with the Getaway Face, Rambo 3.5

The biggest and littlest comics I bought this past month– together at last!

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Sunday Brunch: 4/11/10

This week, I share some links to cool comic things and ramble on for far too long about Doctor Who. So, you know, an average Sunday.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: What emotion-that-is-not-really-an-emotion should become a power ring next, and what color would it be?

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Who wants graphic novel reviews? You do!

You just don’t realize it! But I’m here to fulfill your desires!1
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Sunday Brunch: 8/16/09

Sunday Brunch limps back, clearly not at full force. Nothing’s so much as breathed heavy on the internet lately, let alone broken it in half. Let’s see what links I can scrounge up.

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Sunday Brunch: 7/19/09

Seven more days have passed us by, and it’s time for another foray into the series of tubes that is the comics internet! If you’re itching for dumb puns and wordplay with lots of links to cool stuff, look no further!

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