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The Guide to the Guide to Comics – WIZARD #77 (January 1998)

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Is Todd McFarlane a f–king doorknob?  What was the “second coming of Image”?  And does anyone understand the ending of The Long Halloween?  Find out in The Guide to the Guide to Comics!

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1987 And All That: Star Trek #43-45

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.

CoverStar Trek #43-45 (DC) by Mike Carlin, Tom Sutton, Ricardo Villagrán, Michele Wolfman, Helen Vesik

Not every story has a hero, and not every moral is a good one. One side of a conflict can be wrong without their opponents being right. In situations like that, even if all of the parties come to an agreement, the results are bound to be bittersweet at best. I don’t know for sure that Mike Carlin set out to write a story in which everyone (and I do mean everyone) came across as one shade of villain or another, but that’s certainly what he accomplished in this three-issue arc. By the end of the story, a solution has been reached that is probably the best possible option for the problem at hand, but it’s still a resolution that makes me uneasy. It’s very much a lesser of two evils situation, a compelling and difficult philosophical question with no good answers. Continue Reading »

The Guide to the Guide to Comics – WIZARD #75 (November 1997)

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Marvel sues Rob Liefeld, Wizard casts a Lady Death film, and which character tops the list of “still-dead” heroes?  Find out in The Guide to the Guide to Comics!

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Rearranging the deck chairs: DC Rebirth titles, Week Three!

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One is the loneliest number this week, as one shalt be the number of DC Rebirth titles thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be one. It’s better than next week, I suppose, when there are none. Let’s get to it!
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The Guide to the Guide to Comics – WIZARD #74 (October 1997)

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Why did Wizard want Deadpool to take things more seriously?  Which long-running Wizard feature says farewell this issue?  And will Heroes Return enable characters like the Avengers to stay in the spotlight?

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Rearranging the deck chairs: DC Rebirth titles, Week Two!

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It’s the second week of DC‘s latest Great Rebirthening, and if you thought I was going to bail on these posts after one week of fairly mediocre comics, you thought wrong! I have store credit and I’m not afraid to use it, so let’s check out the shiny new books that DC unleashed upon us this week!
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The gloriously insane hot mess that is Wacky Raceland #1

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Run, don’t walk, to your favorite neighborhood comics shoppe and get a copy of Wacky Raceland #1. Or, if you’re a godawful Millennial (you young’uns with your complicated hair and your fancy vests), download it onto your phone so you have to squint to read it. What’s wrong with you people? What the hell is wrong with good old-fashioned paper, which is how Ike read a comic, damn it! However you read it, you must read it. It’s just that important!!!!
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Comics You Should Own – Terminal City

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Where the grass is definitely not green (because there’s no grass to be found!), but the girls are pretty!
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The Guide to the Guide to Comics – WIZARD #72 (August 1997)

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Batman gains a new look, the X-Men gain two members, and Deadpool gains a conscience, all in this week’s Guide to the Guide to Comics!

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Rearranging the deck chairs: DC Rebirth titles, Week One!

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Much like I did with the “New 52,” I’m using my store credit to check out the “DC Rebirth” titles. As they’re being released on a staggered schedule instead all in one month, I figured I’ll do them week-by-week rather than all at once. But after one week, will I really feel like getting the rest? Let’s find out!
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The Guide to the Guide to Comics – WIZARD #70 (June 1997)

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Rob Liefeld departs Heroes Reborn, Batman & Robin is slated to disappoint audiences nationwide, and this Kyle Rayner guy will always have Wizard’s heart, all in this week’s Guide to the Guide to Comics!

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The Guide to the Guide to Comics – WIZARD #68 (April 1997)

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Erik Larsen is offending your mother in Savage Dragon, Adam Warren explains manga, the X-Men face “No Exit,” and did Denny O’Neil change comics forever?  All in the Guide to the Guide to Comics!

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The Guide to the Guide to Comics – WIZARD #65 (January 1997)

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DC is better than Marvel, (Wizard is outright telling us this.) Walt Simonson uses dinosaurs to teach us about sound effects, Todd McFarlane makes a bold proclamation, and perhaps every Easter egg in Kingdom Come is detailed, all in the Guide to the Guide to Comics!

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Flippin’ through Previews – May 2016

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Previews #332 is out, and that means it’s time to see what’s going on! You know you love it!
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