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Janice Cohen Archives - Comics Should Be Good! @ Comic Book Resources

Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for July and August 2015

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I do these fairly haphazardly, don’t I? Oh well – that’s the way it is!
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1987 And All That: Groo the Wanderer #23-34

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.

Groo1Groo the Wanderer #23-34 (Marvel/Epic) by Sergio Aragonés, Mark Evanier, Tom Luth (#23-32), Janice Cohen (#32-33), Phil DeWalt (#34), Stan Sakai, Jo Duffy (#23-27), Daniel Chichester (#28-34), Steve Buccellato (#32-34)

I’m always interested in the likability of characters in any fiction I consume. I don’t necessarily need to like the hero(es), nor do I need to hate the villain(s). In fact, a story with an unsympathetic protagonist that still gets me invested is often that much more enjoyable and engaging, ditto one that has a bad guy with whom I can empathize. For a goofy, lighthearted, action-comedy comicbook, Groo the Wanderer is surprisingly complicated when it comes to the likability of its cast. Just about every character, be they good or bad, major or minor, has an interesting mix of enjoyable and off-putting qualities. There’s a general silliness to everyone that makes them all fun to spend time with, but most of them are also selfish, judgmental, dishonest, and/or violent. It’s a collection of largely terrible people, behaving in wonderfully entertaining ways, and most of the time they get what’s coming to them in the end, so that there’s a nice narrative satisfaction when each issue resolves. On top of all that, everything is done in an art style that’s equal parts ridiculous and dense, so that what feel like simple stories are often deceptively more involved than they appear at first glance. Continue Reading »

Year of the Artist, Day 336: Mike Grell, Part 4 – Jon Sable, Freelance #16

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Mike Grell, and the issue is Jon Sable, Freelance #16, which was published by First Comics and is cover dated September 1984. These scans are from Jon Sable, Freelance Omnibus volume 1, which was published by IDW in July 2010. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 282: Steve Rude, Part 2 – Vanguard Illustrated #2 and GrimJack #6

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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 stories are “Sales Call, Part Two” in Vanguard Illustrated #2 and “Munden’s Bar” in GrimJack #6, the first of which was published by Pacific Comics and is cover dated January 1984 and the second of which was published by First Comics and is cover dated January 1985. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 228: Norm Breyfogle, Part 2 – Whisper #10

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Norm Breyfogle, and the issue is Whisper #10, which was published by First Comics and is cover dated December 1987. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 222: Iron Fist #14

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. This month I will be looking at four writer/artist duos, as voted on by you, the readers! This week features Chris Claremont and John Byrne! Today’s page is from Iron Fist #14, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated August 1977. This scan is courtesy of Our Dread Lord and Master, Brian Cronin himself, who possesses every comic book ever published! Thanks, Brian! Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 18: Jon Sable, Freelance #9

Every day this month, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Jon Sable, Freelance #9, which was published by First Comics (although this scan is from the Omnibus edition published by IDW) and is cover dated February 1984. Enjoy!
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