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The Guide to the Guide to Comics – WIZARD #29 (January 1994)

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How hard does Spawn hit that Soloflex?  Can War Machine beat up the X-Men ? (No.  Just stop  this.)  Are you ready for Youngblood’s animated debut?  Prepare to relive the year 1993, repeatedly, in the Guide to the Guide to Comics.

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What I bought – 2 December 2015


We lay very still. I could feel the air around us changing, blooming and shimmering like the air over a scorching road. My heart was speeding, or hers was banging against my chest, I’m not sure. I turned Cassie in my arms and kissed her, and after a moment she kissed me back.

I know I said that I always choose the anticlimactic over the irrevocable, and yes of course what I meant was that I have always been a coward, but I lied: not always, there was that night, there was that one time. (Tana French, from In the Woods)
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Flippin’ through Previews – December 2015

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What Christmas goodies can we find inside Previews #327? Go under the cut to find out!
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The Guide to the Guide to Comics – WIZARD #27 (November 1993)

Do X-Men fans still want Doug Goldstein’s head on a platter?  Will Zero Hour clean up DC’s continuity?  Who will Todd McFarlane offend in his very first column?  Find out in this week’s Guide to the Guide to Comics!


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Page-by-page with Dark Knight III: The Master Race: Book One


Could you feel it coming? Did you think, “You know, this is the kind of comic that Greg likes to turn his baleful eye upon”? Well, you thought correctly. I tried to resist its power, I really did, but I could not, so let’s break it down, page-by-page style!
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The Guide to the Guide to Comics – WIZARD #25 (September 1993)

Are you still unsure whether or not Iron Man can beat up the X-Men?  Do you remember Frank Miller’s desire to create a kids’ comic?  Has Deathmate destroyed the comics market yet?  Find out in the Guide to the Guide to Comics.

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The Guide to the Guide to Comics – WIZARD #21 (May 1993)

Seriously, can Iron Man beat up the X-Men? Should Todd McFarlane be listed as the co-creator of Venom? Did you send-in for your copy of The Maxx #1/2? Continue Reading »

Eight Dollars?! The Guide to the Guide to Comics

Are your trading cards worth fifteen cents or a full quarter?  Is your copy of Youngblood #1 properly bagged and boarded?  Will Ghost Rider ever receive his own action figure?  Find out in the latest edition of The Guide to the Guide to Comics. Continue Reading »

Where to Begin a Wizard Retrospective?

The Wizard retrospective has begun with Not Blog X’s G. Kendall.  Let’s travel back to the days of Image Comics mania, Batman Returns, and X-Men toys on actual store shelves.  Are you brave enough to enter the world of 1992 with the Guide to the Guide to Comics?

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Flippin’ through Previews – November 2015


Will Travis ramble on about stuff? Will I put up with it? Will I be far too snooty? All these questions will be answered as we go behind the curtain and check out Previews #326!
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1987 And All That: Batman #408-412

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.

jasontodd1Batman #408-412 (DC) By Max Allan Collins, Chris Warner, Ross Andru, Dave Cockrum, Mike DeCarlo, Dick Giordano, Don Heck, Adrienne Roy, Todd Klein, John Costanza, Agustin Mas

I don’t know if Jason Todd ever stood a chance. At first, he was just a near-identical replacement for Dick Grayson when Grayson left the Robin game to become Nightwing. He was sort of a watered-down version of the young man for whom he was meant to stand in; the first Jason got the job done as Robin but offered nothing new, no reason for readers to warm to him or see him as anything other than a cut-rate attempt at recapturing the magic of the original Boy Wonder. So it makes total sense that in 1987 DC would take a stab at rewriting his background and personality in a post-Crisis world, providing an opportunity for Jason to carve out a more unique and possibly interesting space for himself in the Batman mythos. Sadly, though, I think they gave the task to the wrong guy, because Max Allan Collins wrote Batman as a lighthearted, almost goofy title, which did not really line up with the angry street youth persona of his revamped Jason Todd. Continue Reading »

What I bought – 23 September 2015


Fat Charlie tried to remember what people did in prison to pass the time, but all he could come up with was keeping secret diaries and hiding things in their bottoms. He had nothing to write on, and he felt that a definite measure of how well one was getting on in life was not having to hide things in one’s bottom. (Neil Gaiman, from Anansi Boys)
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Flippin’ through Previews – September 2015

Is Travis back? Find out below! (Hint: This is far later than I would have liked, so odds are good it’s because of Travis!!!!!)
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What I bought – 9 September 2015


“I suppose one could say that Hitler didn’t betray his self.”

He turned.

“You are right. He did not. But millions of Germans did betray their selves. That was the tragedy. Not that one man had the courage to be evil. But that millions had not the courage to be good.” (John Fowles, from The Magus)
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