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Year of the Artist, Day 296: Lee Moder, Part 3 – Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. #0

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Lee Moder, and the issue is Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. #0, which was published by DC and is cover dated July 1999. These scans are from the Starman Omnibus volume 5, which was published in 2010. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 295: Lee Moder, Part 2 – Batman: The Last Angel

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Lee Moder, and the issue is Batman: The Last Angel, which was published by DC and is cover dated September 1994. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 294: Lee Moder, Part 1 – Wonder Woman #73

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Lee Moder, and the issue is Wonder Woman #73, which was published by DC and is cover dated April 1993. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 291: Joe Quesada, Part 3 – The Ray #1 and Ninjak #2

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Joe Quesada, and the issues are The Ray #1 and Ninjak #2, the first of which was published by DC and is cover dated February 1992 and the second of which was published by Valiant and is cover dated March 1994. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 290: Joe Quesada, Part 2 – Legends of the Dark Knight Annual #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 Joe Quesada, and the issue is Legends of the Dark Knight Annual #1, which was published by DC and is cover dated October 1991. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 289: Joe Quesada, Part 1 – Spelljammer #8

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Joe Quesada, and the issue is Spelljammer #8, which was published by DC and is cover dated April 1991. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 283: Steve Rude, Part 3 – World’s Finest #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 Steve Rude, and the issue is World’s Finest #1, which was published by DC and is cover dated June 1990. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 278: David Mazzucchelli, Part 3 – Batman #405

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is David Mazzucchelli, and the issue is Batman #405, which was published by DC and is cover dated March 1987. Enjoy!
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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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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!

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

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1987 And All That: Infinity Inc. #34-44

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.

InfInc1Infinity Inc. #34-44 (DC) by Roy Thomas, Dann Thomas, Todd McFarlane (#34-37), Martin King (#38), Michael Bair (#39), Vince Argondezzi (#40-44), Tony DeZuniga (#34-42, 44), Pablo Marcos (#39), Danny Bulanadi (#40), Al Vey (#42), Rodin Rodriguez (#43), Alfredo Alcala (#43) Liz Bérubé (#34, 38, 41, 43-44), Carl Gafford (#35-37, 40), Anthony Tollin (#39), Shelley Eiber (#42), David C. Weiss (#34-39), Agustin Mas (#39-40), Jean Simek (#41-44)

It’s a little hard to sum up my opinion on the 1987 issues of Infinity Inc., because it was an unsteady series at that time, varying in quality not only from issue to issue but often from scene to scene. It was more interested in the personal dramas of its cast than the flash and flair of superpowered action, yet the action sequences were more reliably entertaining than the more grounded character work. Then again, all the strongest moments center on the characters’ emotional lives, but so do the weakest ones, with the fight scenes falling somewhere in between. This gives the comic a strange lack of identity; is it compelling teenage drama or lame teenage melodrama, a fun superhero adventure or a dull superhero business meeting? With 27 story pages per issue (on average…sometimes 26 or 28) Infinity Inc. has room to be all of those things and more, but it’s never any one thing for long enough to get the reader fully, unwaveringly invested. This is frustrating to a degree, but also appropriate, because as a team Infinity, Inc. is a fairly disjointed, non-unified group. They have wildly different priorities and opinions on how to operate, and they pretty much never do anything as a full team, splintering instead into smaller units for each new mission/threat. So the book’s somewhat chaotic voice fits nicely with the team’s mismatched energy, and may even be an intentional aspect of the storytelling for that reason. Which is all well and good, but doesn’t make it any easier to know precisely how I feel about these issues as a group. Continue Reading »

Year of the Artist, Day 262: Marc Silvestri, Part 1 – House of Mystery #292 and King Conan #13

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Marc Silvestri, and the story is “… And Spoil the Child!” in House of Mystery #292 and the issue is King Conan #13, the first of which was published by DC and is cover dated May 1981 and the second of which was published by Marvel and is cover dated November 1982. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 253: Stuart Immonen, Part 2 – Superman: Secret Identity #2

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Stuart Immonen, and the issue is Superman: Secret Identity #2, which was published by DC and is cover dated February 2004. These scans are from the trade paperback, which was published in 2004. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 252: Stuart Immonen, Part 1 – Legion of Super-Heroes #53 and a few added bonuses

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Stuart Immonen, and the issue is Legion of Super-Heroes #53, which was published by DC and is cover dated January 1994, plus I begin with a few panels from X-Men Annual #1, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated March 1992. Enjoy!
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Flippin’ through Previews – September 2014

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Because why wouldn’t IDW cross over the Transformers with Angry Birds? Previews #312 shows just how logical that is!!!!
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