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The Guide to the Guide to Comics – WIZARD #89 (January 1999)

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Avi Arad is trumpeting an unlikely movie star, Batman experiences an upheaval, and Wizard tries to figure out the year 1999, all in the Guide to the Guide to Comics!

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

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Are we in the home stretch? I think so – DC Rebirth titles seem to peter out in September, so maybe we’re done with them then. This week, we’re back to one comic, so I don’t know how long this post will be!
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The Guide to the Guide to Comics – WIZARD #86 (October 1998)

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Something no one has ever seen before — Alan Moore’s thoughts on Watchmen!  Also, a twenty-eight year-old Kevin Smith has arrived at Marvel, and why won’t DC just allow Wizard to fix Superman?  All in The Guide to the Guide to Comics!

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

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DC is at it again, dropping three new books on us, and I must be getting nicer in my dotage, because all of them were … pretty good? Man, how can I continue to be so curmudgeonly in the face of such astonishing competence?!?!?
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Rearranging the deck chairs: DC Rebirth titles, Week Eight!

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This week I got a bit of my reviewing mojo back, thanks to a DC Rebirth book that is inexplicably exactly what I think a Rebirth book should be! It’s not the greatest comic, but it’s probably the best “Rebirth” title (as opposed to simply a #1 title) so far! Weird, huh?
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The Guide to the Guide to Comics – WIZARD #85 (September 1998)

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Why did so many of the 25 greatest moments in comics’ history occur in the 1980s?  Who is this young Joe Casey fellow?  And what happens when Galactus visits the offices of Wizard?  Find out in The Guide to the Guide to Comics!

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Flippin’ through Previews – August 2016

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A year ago, I asked Travis if he’d like to do these posts with me, mainly because his comments on my solo posts were so frickin’ long. I haven’t gotten sick of him yet, so let’s celebrate the anniversary with a post about Previews #335!!!!
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Rearranging the deck chairs: DC Rebirth titles, Week Seven!

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This week: More weird editorially-driven comics from DC, as we get one new #1 and one “Rebirth” comic. Guess which one does a better job at telling a story?!?!?!?
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Rearranging the deck chairs: DC Rebirth titles, Week Six!

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DC cranked out two more “Rebirth” titles this week, and I’m beginning to get worried. I have less than half the store credit I started with, so I don’t know if I’ll be able to get all of them for free, especially as they’re seemingly stretching this thing out to infinity. What will I do?!?!? I’ll worry about it later – for now, these comics aren’t going to review themselves!
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Rearranging the deck chairs: DC Rebirth titles, Week Five!

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So this week, DC ramped things up with … two (2) official “Rebirth” titles and one (1) new #1! It’s a smorgasbord of comics!!!
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Are Hanna-Barbera execs a bunch of cool people, or do they really not pay attention to comics?

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The fourth Hanna-Barbera/DC comics collaboration, The Flintstones, came out this week, and like the other three offerings, it’s a truly odd comic. I really can’t answer my question that forms the title of this post – I want to believe that the people who licensed these characters to DC are just awesome people, but I really wonder if they paid attention to DC when they were told, “Yeah, we’re going to mash up a bunch of characters into a Jonny Quest story, put Scooby-Doo and the gang into a post-apocalyptic world, turn Wacky Races into Mad Max, and that’s even before we get to the Flintstones!” Maybe they just said, “Yeah, yeah, yeah, who reads comics anyway?” and went back to whatever it is Hanna-Barbera execs do for fun. But hey, we’ve gotten some interesting comics out of it!
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Rearranging the deck chairs: DC Rebirth titles, Week Four!

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After two weeks in which DC released zero (0) actual “Rebirth” titles or #1 issues of new series (some series aren’t cool enough to get “Rebirth” titles, I guess), this week we have … one such title (1). Sigh. Come on, DC, step up your scheduling game!
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Flippin’ through Previews – July 2016

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There’s been no DC comics I want to read in the past two weeks (that changed this week, as you’ll soon see!), and I’m in the middle of unpacking after our move so I have no access right now to old comics that I might want to write about, but when Previews comes out, it’s time to check what’s what! Let’s dig in!
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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 »

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